Chapter IV: Academic Policies and Procedures
The policies and procedures described in this chapter
govern the conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled
in the College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only
upon written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors
students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College
students petition the RC Counseling Office.
Special Kinds of Academic Credit
Experiential and Directed Reading/ Independent
The College distinguishes "Experiential"
and "Independent" courses from its other course offerings.
Experiential courses (denoted EXPERIENTIAL in Chapter
VI) involve academic work that may take place in a setting
other than a university classroom, laboratory, library, or studio
and in which the experience is directly related to an academic
discipline. Most Experiential Credit is awarded through programs
administered by departments and is recorded as credit in one
of the departmental Experiential course numbers.
Independent courses may be: (1) Directed Reading/Independent
Study courses (denoted INDEPENDENT in Chapter VI ) which
are designated by title and not normally offered by classroom
instruction; (2) courses normally offered through classroom instruction
but occasionally taught on an independent study basis (e.g.,
Honors Summer Independent Reading); (3) courses not specially
designated as "Independent" and normally offered as
classroom instruction but elected by special arrangement with
The following limitations apply to Experiential
and Directed Reading / Independent Study credit:
- A maximum 15 credits of Experiential
courses may be counted toward a degree; a maximum 8 credits may
be earned from one project, and only one Experiential project
may be elected each term.
- A combined total 30 credits of Experiential and
Directed Reading/Independent Study courses may be counted in
the 120 credits required for a degree.
- A maximum 15 credits of Honors Summer Independent
Reading courses may be counted in the 120 credits required for
- Experiential and Independent Study courses
are excluded from area distribution plans.
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