Independent study allows students to pursue academic interests not available in regularly offered courses. The following policies apply to independent studies:
- A minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA and completion of at least 24 CUs are necessary to pursue an independent study.
- Independent study courses may not be taken pass/fail.
- Only one independent study course can be completed in a semester.
- Students may complete no more than two independent study courses within Wharton and no more than two in non-Wharton departments.
- Internships cannot be approved as independent studies for academic credit.
Dual-degree students who wish to pursue an independent study with a professor in their other school should follow that school’s policies and procedures.
Students interested in pursuing an independent study must:
- Meet with their assigned academic advisor.
- Work with a professor in a related field to articulate the purpose, requirements, and syllabus of the study. The professor will ultimately provide guidance and grade the independent study work.
- Submit an Independent Study Proposal early in the semester and before the Course Selection Period ends that includes a course description with expected learning outcomes, intended CU amount, full reading list, list of assignments and/or deliverables to be completed, and documentation of faculty support. The student will be notified via email about the outcome.
Please also note the following:
- When reviewing the proposal, the Undergraduate Division Petitions Committee will consider the course content and workload and ensure that the proposed course does not duplicate curricular offerings.
- Independent studies intended to fulfill concentration requirements must be approved by the concentration advisor.