Independent Research Courses

 

783.1X and 783.2X 

45 hours; hours to be arranged; 3 credits

 

Independent research supervised by a faculty member. 

Approved topic.  Weekly conferences.  Final project or report.

 

Prerequisite:  approval of the program director.

 

 

782X 

15 hours; hours to be arranged; 1 credit

 

Independent research supervised by a faculty member. 

Approved topic.  Weekly conferences.  Final project or report.

 

Prerequisite or co-requisite: approval of the program director; completion of all required course work except the thesis, final project, comprehensive or foreign language examination.

 

This course provides students the opportunity to pursue independent projects that are not as extensive as would be required for 3 credits.  The graduate deputy of the studentís department must approve the project and communicate that approval to the MALS Director, who then enters registration system permission.

 

For a variety of reasons, many graduate students need additional preparation for the thesis, or other work, after all courses for the degree have been completed.  Also, some graduate students decide not to enroll in any courses during the semester in which they take the Graduate Comprehensive Examination, while others simply decide to take no coursework during semesters when they are involved with independent research.

 

Thus, this course offers graduate students the opportunity to explore timely issues, strategies, techniques, and practices in their given field while they prepare for the graduate thesis project or other academic work during semesters when they would otherwise not enroll in classes. Students who take this course benefit by maintaining contact with the faculty, and are exempted from paying the maintenance of matriculation fee.

Students may elect to take this course for a grade of pass or fail under the following conditions.

Students must be in degree status for the Masters Degree and have met the prerequisites or corequisites for the course. A pass grade is not counted in a studentís GPA or in computing eligibility for the Deanís Honor List. A fail grade is counted in the GPA. A student who takes the course under the pass-fail option must complete the course under that option. A pass grade may not be changed to another grade.

The registration procedure for taking this course for a grade of pass or fail is the same as for any other course; application to elect the pass-fail option is made in the Office of the Registrar no later than the deadline for late registration, which is published in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

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