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Selected Topics and Independent Study Courses

Guidelines for Selected Topics and Independent Study Courses

Departments may add a maximum of eight titles per selected topics and independent study course per semester. These titles will be available for use only in the semester in which they are requested.

In order to establish selected topics/independent study courses with titles early enough to affect registration, colleges and departments are encouraged to review the catalog inventory for primary/parent courses.

  • Selected Topics parent/child course example:
    • Parent: HIST 3396 Selected Topics in Latin American History
      • Child: topic title = History of Brazil
  • Independent Study parent/child course example:
    • Parent: HIST 4398 Independent Study
      • Child: topic title = Public History

Without primary/parent courses, secondary/child courses cannot be created.

In addition, any secondary/child course which has been offered 3 times with the same title must be submitted as a regular course instead of a selected topics course.

Course titles must be submitted as early as possible via Curriculog to facilitate the scheduling of students during the enrollment process. Curriculog, managed by the Office of the University Registrar, is a web-based tool that replaces paper form submission. Please refer to the Registrar’s website for more information regarding Curriculog and to request access, if needed.

Please be aware that any students who must be assigned selected topics/independent study after the fourth class day in the summer or twelfth class day in the fall or spring semesters will be assigned to the regular generic selected topics/independent study