Independent Study

Independent Study is an option for students in good academic standing who either exhaust the course offerings within a given department or wish to pursue a particular idea or topic in-depth.

Throughout an Independent Study, a student is loosely mentored by one faculty member who steers him or her through the work and provides feedback throughout the research and presentation period. Each study is a graded, one-, two-, or three-trimester commitment on the part of students and their faculty mentors.

This individualized approach is often attractive to highly-motivated students who wish to conduct specific academic inquiries in addition to all required courses. Students are required to keep journals or blogs throughout the course of the Independent Study and to present their work at the conclusion of the Independent Study in products and venues determined in consultation with their faculty mentors.

Students interested in undertaking an Independent Study must submit a proposal to the Independent Study Committee, comprised of the student’s Advisor, the Department Chair most closely aligned with the student’s topic, the Assistant Head of the Upper School, the Assistant Head of the Upper School for Academics, and the Director of College Counseling.

Ev Chapman '17 describes the importance of social entrepreneurism.

The purpose of a social enterprise like Osita is to promote fair pay for everyone who contributed to the creation of each product. Many people do not realize how much of their jewelry is made in sweatshops by adults and children who are paid far too little, if at all. During my independent study, my eyes were opened to new perspectives on the importance of social entrepreneurship. I acquired new ideas and inspiration for my line and learned new ways to promote fair trade design products."
- Ev Chapman '17