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Independent Study

Applications for Independent Studies planned for Summer or Fall of 2017 are due by Monday, April 10 or before to Professor Trudi Peterson at tpeterso@monmouthcollege.edu

Independent Studies play an important role in the Communication major. All COMM majors are required to complete an internship experience or an independent study. While internships typically involve working at a remote site doing work of a professional nature in a workplace, independent studies involve conducting research or doing in depth study on a specialized topic or developing a substantial creative project working closely with a COMM faculty supervisor.  Independent studies are strongly encouraged for students planning on pursuing graduate work.

A student who will have at least 59 semester hours by the time of the independent study (and who has completed a substantial part of the COMM major) should submit an Application/Proposal for independent study by the due date (see above) of the semester preceding the desired independent study.  We have posted a sample Independent Study Application form prepared by Michelle Anstett when she applied to direct Othello, now recently produced) to provide some guidance to you in creating your own application

Applications should be sent electronically to Professor Lee McGaan. The COMM faculty will review the application and notify the student of their decision before the end of the semester. The application process results in the approval of a student as eligible for a Communication Studies sponsored independent study.

Department approval of your application is not approval of all details of the project itself. The details and specific contractual requirements of the independent study course are arranged by the student with his/her faculty sponsor. may be. COMM faculty are always willing to assist students in planning an independent study.

An independent study is normally for three semester hours of credit. However, students hoping to receive more than three credit hours for an independent study should arrange for the additional credit in advance of beginning the project.

Evaluation of the independent study is done by the faculty sponsor following standards he/she and the student arrange in the form of a contract at the beginning of the semester in which the project is to occur. Expectations for successful independent studies include

  • Completing an independent study contract with your faculty sponsor is required. This contract should be completed within ten days of beginning the project and submitted to the independent study coordinator (with signed copies to the registrar and faculty sponsor).  Please look at the sample internship contract we have provided for you to use as a model.
     

  • Holding periodic meetings with the faculty sponsor as defined in the contract
     

  • Submitting a portfolio containing or describing the created/finished project to the faculty sponsor after completion of the independent study.
     

  • Submitting a self evaluation based on the experience.
     

  • Receiving a completed standard Evaluation Form for Independent Studies from the faculty sponsor.

For further information regarding independent study, contact Prof. Lee McGaan, Internship/Independent Study Coordinator and Chair.

[NOTE: Several forms and sample documents on this page are in  MS Word .doc format.  The most convenient way to work with these forms is to save them to your account or computer by clicking on the link with your right mouse button, then clicking on the "Save Target As" menu item and saving the file to a location of your choice.]

 
 

COMM Independent Study Application/ Proposal form(.doc)

COMM Idependent Study Contract (.doc)

Evaluation Form for Independent Studies (.doc)

Sample Independent Study Application form (.pdf)

Sample Independent Study Contract  (.pdf)

[NOTE: Several forms and sample documents on this page are in  MS Word .doc format. The most convenient way to work with these forms is to save them to your account or computer by clicking on the link with your right mouse button, then clicking on the "Save Target As" menu item and saving the file to a location of your choice.]

 

 

         
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