Individual Studies Course with Education Faculty

IS Course Process:

Identify a Faculty member who is willing to sponsor you. Meet with them to discuss your idea for an Individual Studies course and ask if they would be willing to sponsor/supervise you.  
  • Plan ahead! It is best to initiate this process in the quarter prior to that which you plan to do the study
  • Your faculty sponsor cannot be a visiting professor, lecturer, or graduate student 
  • An individual studies course can be a 2 unit or 5 unit course (2-unit course requires about six hours of work per week and a 5-unit course requires about 15 hours of work per week)

Once a faculty member agrees to sponsor you, complete a Petition for Undergraduate Individual Studies Course, ask the faculty to complete and sign the form, and submit to the Undergraduate Advisor.

If the individual studies course is approved, the Advisor will provide a class number to enroll.

Enroll in the course by the ADD/DROP/SWAP deadline and with the approved grade option marked by your sponsoring faculty member.

  • Students without declared majors may not take more than seven credits of special approval courses in a given quarter.
  • Students with declared majors must receive approval from their major advisor to take more than seven credit hours of special approval courses
  • Individual Studies Courses do not automatically fulfill Education Minor Requirements. In order for your Individual Study to be considered for substitution of a minor requirement course, you will have to petition for a course exception.