DEPARTMENT OF EAST ASIAN STUDIES
Official Guidelines for Independent Study
· A way to fill out your schedule with a few extra credits
· Something to take because you’re not interested in the regularly scheduled language class
· A class you can skip
· A class to which you can come unprepared
· Third, make an appointment with the appropriate faculty member to discuss your proposed course of independent study. When you come to this meeting, you should have a carefully written syllabus IN HAND that explains to the faculty member what the reading material will be, how often you will meet, on what basis you will be graded, appropriate deadlines for assignments and/or exams, and (most importantly) evidence that you have the linguistic ability to complete the project (i.e., you know how to use advanced dictionaries and do high-level research in East Asian Studies). If you do not have these skills, it is recommended that you take EAS205 before requesting an independent study.
NOTE: Independent Study is HARD WORK, much more so than a regularly scheduled class. Faculty reserve the right to say “no” to any and all requests for Independent Study. Students should understand that an Independent Study takes precious faculty time and resources, and returns absolutely NOTHING to the faculty save the joy of teaching an enthusiastic student. It is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to structure the Independent Study, to stay on schedule, to attend ALL scheduled meetings, and complete all assignments on time.
If your proposed course of independent study is accepted by a faculty member in the Department of East Asian Studies, you will need to obtain a special number in order to register for Eac/Eaj/Eak 497/597. These numbers are available from the Chair.