Independent study is a course designed by students in collaboration with a faculty member to provide students with learning experiences geared to their interests, aptitudes, and desired learning outcomes.
Standard course tuition and fees apply.
Subject Areas Offered as Independent Study
You may pursue a project or program of study for credit in any subject area in which credit courses are offered. Independent study is undertaken under the guidance of at least one student-selected faculty member who agrees to serve as a voluntary advisor.
Before applying for independent study, students must successfully complete all or a substantial portion of the regular credit courses offered in the subject area. Prior to submitting an application for independent study, a student or student group consults with the faculty member about the project or program of study to be undertaken and the number of credits to be earned. Individual and group study should be appropriate to the student's program of study and related to the existing College curriculum.
Individual and group study cannot replicate a catalog-listed course or be used as a substitute for a canceled class or classes.
A group study course should not involve more than six students without authorization by the program dean.
When an instructor directs an independent study course, the credits do not count in that instructor's workload assignment.
The Application for Independent Study and Guidelines for Independent Study are available in PDF format for you to view, fill, and print if you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
After a project or program of study is agreed upon by the faculty member and the student or student group and approved by the department chair, the program dean, and the vice chancellor for academic affairs, an independent study course is set up: ALPHA 299 (e.g. HWST 299) for individual study and ALPHA 199 for group study. A special CRN is assigned for registration purposes.
You may contact the appropriate faculty member to initiate the enrollment process. For contact information, see "UH Directory" under the Related Links section.
For general information about independent studies, contact Kekaulike Information and Service Center (KISC).