Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies

Independent Studies and Internships

Independent Studies/Fieldwork and Research

Students meeting minimum academic standards (see the "Academic Status" section) or those only on warning for deficiency of credits may undertake academic independent study projects for either major or elective credit. Normally, students should have completed appropriate coursework in preparation for independent study. For each project undertaken, students must work with a faculty sponsor to prepare the required design statement and application form (available from the DIIS website or from the dean's office) for approval by the sponsoring department, the student's adviser, and the dean. All projects should be approved in advance of the semester undertaken but no later than the end of the first week of that semester.

Internships

Qualified students meeting the minimum academic standards (see the "Academic Status" section) may undertake internship projects for either major or elective credit if these work-and-study projects have an academic component appropriate to the curriculum of the school. Normally, a student in DIIS should have completed three-fourths of his or her major or an appropriate minor in order to qualify for internship credit. Students must work with a faculty sponsor to prepare the required design statement and application form (available in the office of the dean) for approval by the sponsoring department, the student's adviser, the field supervisor at the worksite, and the dean. All projects should be approved in advance of the semester they are undertaken. No more than 12 credits in any combination of internship projects will be counted toward the 120-credit minimum required for graduation.