BH 499: Independent Study is not currently offered.
BH undergraduate research is open to juniors and seniors, and you may request to complete an independent study project. BH 499 enables students to investigate areas of intellectual interest that are substantially distinct from existing courses and/or to pursue modes of inquiry that are more intensive, specialized, or innovative than those that are encountered in conventional coursework.
Since faculty are limited on the number of Independent Study credits they can supervise, we strongly encourage you to complete the Minor using the course offerings. However, if you have a particular project or topic of interest in mind, paired with a proposal to study it independently, you may consult with the Education Programs Specialist to help you identify a faculty sponsor to discuss your proposed project plan.
To enroll in BH 499, students who have secured a faculty sponsor must complete the following steps:
- Agree on the project plan details with your faculty sponsor, including reading, research, or a distinct project with a plan for reading, research, and writing (papers, essays) activities as well as periodic meetings to check on your progress.
- Complete the BH 499 Independent Study form and submit a copy to the Education Programs Specialist, who will register you for BH 499 credits.
For a typical research paper, it might be expected that the student will write five typed, double-spaced pages per credit. This is only an example—final requirements must be agreed upon with the faculty sponsor. To conform to other course standards, the student is expected to participate in three hours of research activities per credit per week.This means that a 3-credit independent research study will involve 9 hours of research each week in addition to scheduled meetings with a faculty sponsor.