New College recognizes that important learning occurs outside the traditional classroom. This is why we encourage our students to consider independent study. Depth studies typically contain at least one credit hour of independent study. No more than 12 hours of independent study credit may be counted toward a depth study.

Types of projects suitable for independent study through New College include

  • directed study of a scholarly topic
  • unpaid internship or externship
  • skill-based experiential learning
  • creative projects

Each student must submit an independent study contract proposal with all required permissions prior to engaging in the independent study activity. Students should submit independent study proposals before the last day to withdraw from classes. Credit for independent study contracts submitted after that date will be applied to the next semester.