Independent Study


If you are interested in doing research with a psychology faculty member and would like to obtain course credit for doing so, you might consider registering for a research-oriented Independent Study (PSY 480). This is a great way to experience first-hand what it’s like to be part of a research team.

Receiving Course Credit

The Independent Study is worth 3 credits and requires 9 hours of research per week for the term enrolled, under the supervision of the research mentor. (Students can also take it for variable credit, e.g., 1 credit hour = 3 hours of work per week, up to a maximum of 4 credits per Independent Study).

To Enroll in an Independent Study

Students must identify a faculty mentor in the department and work with them to develop a directed plan of study for the term. Once the faculty mentor and plan of study have been established, the student will need to complete the departmental Independent Study form (PDF) and obtain all relevant signatures. Once completed, the form must be submitted to the Undergraduate Coordinator who will then register you for the course.