Independent study is an approach followed at Stockton to encourage close working relationships between students and faculty. Independent study provides opportunities to develop highly individualized, rigorous and personal learning experiences. This approach fulfills three needs. It permits students to pursue questions not addressed in faculty-directed classrooms, laboratories or studios; it helps students to develop valuable research skills; and it enables students to test mastery of principles, methods and materials presented in regular classes by instructors. Properly done, independent study should lead to that goal sought by all educated persons, namely the capacity for independent learning throughout life. Students who wish to undertake independent study projects should consult the instructor with whom they wish to work. Projects must be carefully formulated on a Special Project Request Form and signed by the appropriate instructor, student and dean.
NOTE: GIS courses can only be taken as independent studies under exceptional circumstances.