ENGLISH 426 - Directed Writing
Fall 2013, Section 001
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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1 - 4
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp/Su, Sp, Su.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).


As a privilege for students who have displayed academic excellence and who can show appropriate preparation in courses previously taken, the Department of English offers course credit for independent study. Independent study provides an opportunity for highly motivated and capable students to pursue a rigorous course of study that is not accommodated elsewhere in the curriculum.

Independent study proposals require advance planning. Each must be developed in consultation with a full-time member of the English Department faculty who will serve as a faculty mentor for the project, and subsequently must be approved by the Undergraduate Chair of the Department. Interested students should begin consulting with their mentors during the semester before the proposed independent study in order to develop a feasible course. Only those proposing a carefully structured and intellectually viable course of study that is not already offered in the undergraduate curriculum should submit applications. Independent study requires that students design their own courses, create their own syllabi, and work closely with faculty mentors. Supervising professors must donate a great deal of time and effort, so students applying for independent study should be similarly committed to the project. Students must be in residence in order to undertake independent study projects. A three-credit independent study should involve at least one hour of student-faculty contact plus an additional eight hours of work per week. It is also possible to elect two or four credit hours with appropriate changes in workload.

Professors normally do not supervise independent studies during terms when they are on leave, nor do they supervise them on subjects which fall outside of their areas of specialization, or on subjects covered by regular course offerings. A limit of six credit hours of independent study may be accumulated in the English department. Independent study projects cannot be used to fulfill Department program requirements or College distribution requirements.

Please keep in mind, if you are planning on doing your independent study in writing (ENGLISH 426) and have already taken and applied a writing course to your English concentration, the credit will not count toward your 27 credits. You are allowed to use only one creative or expository writing course toward the concentration whether it is independent study or a regular ENGLISH course (ENGLISH 301, 323, 325, 423, 425, etc.)

To apply:

  • Pick up an Independent Study Application at the English Department office at 3187 Angell Hall.
  • Complete Part I of the independent study application and attach a statement addressing each of the questions posed there along with a copy of your transcript.
  • Part II of the application must be completed by the supervising faculty member.
  • Submit both parts of this proposal to the Undergraduate Secretary in 3187 Angell Hall.

Once a decision is made regarding your proposal, you will be notified either by phone or by email. All decisions on proposals submitted by the above due dates will be made by the Drop/Add deadline.


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