There are good reasons why a student should elect an independent study course. Independent study courses provide students an opportunity to further explore a topic of interest, or develop an area of interest or research topic, in a focused and directed setting.
The Field Study independent study course (AMCULT 388), allows students to earn credit for "field experience in organizations, institutions, and service agencies" as participants in internship programs.
Depending on the academic term, internship opportunities are available in local Arab American organizations which provide students experience in legal, social, or cultural issues or the arts. Examples of internship placements include the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Arab American National Museum, both located in Dearborn, Michigan. Internship opportunities are located in Dearborn, about a 40-minute drive from Ann Arbor, so students must have access to a car or reliable transportation. Students start by contacting the internship faculty advisor for information about available internships and details on their specific requirements. Permission of an internship faculty advisor is required. Students can sign up for 2 credits (6 hours of work), 3 credits (9 hours of work), or 4 credits (12 hours of work). Mandatory credit/no credit determined based on written comments on the student’s performance submitted to the faculty advisor by the sponsoring organization, and two papers, (one at mid-term and the second at the end of the term) submitted to the faculty advisor. This opportunity is intended to enrich students with academic experience and a chance to explore career options related to Arab American Studies. Contact Professor Evelyn Alsultany for more information.