Western Connecticut State University

 

Department of English

Guidelines for Student-Developed Studies

 

 

I.††† Purpose

 

Student Developed Study (SDS) courses exist as opportunities for advanced students to work closely with full-time members of the department on special areas of interest. The course may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

 

II.†† Eligibility for Student Developed Study

 

        The area of interest proposed for the SDS must lie outside the existing course offerings of the department.

 

        The area of interest proposed for the SDS will lie in the range of academic interests of the faculty member who will direct the study.

 

        An undergraduate applicant must have completed at least 60 credit hours (with a minimum GPA of 3.0) toward the degree at the time of application.

 

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III.†† Format of Proposals

 

The student with the advice of her or his director will prepare a proposal with the following sections:

 

A.           Cover Sheet (see appendix), which includes

        Title of proposal

        Studentís name

        Eligibility (amount of credit hours earned)

        Name of faculty to supervise the study

        Semester/Year to be taken

        Date

 

B.           Proposal Narrative

 

†† 1. † Background, which includes

        Basic information about the subject to be studied or the project to be pursued.

        The studentís academic background pertinent to the proposal.

        The fact that the subject of study lies outside the normal curriculum.

        The course's place within the student's program (how the course will benefit the student academically/professionally).

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2. † Project, which includes

  An outline of the planned reading, writing, and/or research to be undertaken.

  Thesis to be tested during the semester or the objective/projected outcome of the proposed course.

  Evaluation (how the work will be evaluated and graded).

 

C.           Proposed/working bibliography of works to be studied or consulted (MLA style)

 

The complete proposal, including the cover sheet, should not exceed four pages, double spaced.

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†IV.†† Deadlines

 

The student must submit the proposal (via her or his director) to the department for approval by October 15th to conduct the proposed SDS in the following spring semester and by March 15th to conduct the proposed SDS in the upcoming summer or fall semester.

 

The English Department may reject proposals for Student Developed Study. In view of the fact that direction of an SDS requires a faculty member to take on an overload, a faculty member who does not have sufficient time to undertake the project may refuse to do so. The Department may exercise its judgment that a particular proposal lies sufficiently within the parameters of a course already offered, or it may decide to reject the proposal for other good reasons. In short, unlike other courses which the student has the right to attempt, the Department is not obligated to accept an SDS proposal. On the other hand, the Department does recognize the value of such independent study when it is properly handled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adopted Dec 5, 2007


Appendix: SDS Proposal Cover Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of the Proposal

 

 

Studentís Name

 

 

 

Credit Hours Already Earned ________________

Faculty to Supervise the Study________________

Semester/Year to be Taken __________________

Date of Proposal __________________________