Students who wish to complete an independent study in philosophy should make an appointment with a faculty member to determine whether they are willing to supervise such a study. Independent studies should not be used to replace courses the student wishes to take but that are not offered that term. They are meant to allow students to pursue projects that are specifically tailored to their and the supervisor's interests. Students who want to complete an independent study should approach a faculty member once they have chosen a topic, and with a specific goal for their study in mind (e.g. to write a paper on a specific topic, to explore a specific author etc.).
Students are advised to inform themselves about the interests of the faculty member(s) they want to approach by reading their profile(s).
Doing an independent study can be a great way to prepare and write a paper that can go places. Read one inspiring story here.