North Central College - Naperville, IL

Independent Study

“The mind, once stretched by a idea, never regains its original shape.”

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

Is there a topic you’ve always wanted to explore but never considered because it doesn’t match the course offerings listed in a college catalog? North Central College provides students with the opportunity to propose a topic for tutorial study with a supervising faculty member.

Independent studies can enhance a major, connect studies across majors and minors, or forge a new path of creative inquiry. Guidelines for proposals request a student-initiated plan of study to be approved by the supervising faculty member and the relevant department chair. Additional opportunities for individualized work include the Richter Independent Study Grants, the Honors’ programs’ Senior Honors Thesis, and, should you decide to expand your area of study beyond a few courses to a cohesive and progressively advanced concentration, the Individualized Major.

Here are some sample topics of independent studies that have been done recently:

• “Veterinary Ethics”
• “Game Tools Development”
• “Advanced Audition Techniques”
• “Organized Crime”
• “Psychiatric Research and Pharmacology”
• “Advanced Portfolio Management”
• “Baseball’s Major League Parks”
• “Analytical Mechanics”
• “Middle School Mural Painting”

Guidelines and Registration Deadlines
  • A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.0 or a 3.0 g.p.a. in the major.
  • At the end of the term, the student must submit a copy of the final project to the Office of Academic Afffairs and then it will be made available to the campus community in a password-protected electronic archive
  • Application form and attachments must be received in the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the first day of the term in which the student plans to do the independent study.

The Application Form for Independent Study is available on the Registrar's website under "Forms."