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Independent Study/Individualized Study/Independent Research

Independent Study (IS)/Individualized Study (CR) provides students with an opportunity to undertake a program of supervised reading, research, or artistic production not provided within existing courses. Independent Study should not be used simply to approximate an existing course for a single student or to cover projects more properly described as an Internship.

Independent Research (IR) is faculty-student research, which can be one term or can continue over multiple semesters, during which which student(s) work on a faculty research project for several terms or years.  Students contribute to the production of new knowledge in the field.  Independent research is a repeatable course.  

Students must have junior or senior standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70. Transfer students must have completed one fall or spring term of study at Moravian before taking on Independent Study/Research. Independent Study/Research may earn 0.5 to 2 units. Students may schedule no more than one Independent Study or Independent Research or Honors course unit in a term, to a maximum of four over the period of the junior and senior years.

Independent Study/Research may be taken in any term, including the summer. The Independent Study/Research application is due no later than the last day of classes in the semester prior to the semester of study. A student may not take more than one Independent Study/Research during the summer.


Internships are an opportunity for off-campus work, study, or both, for which a student may receive from 1 to 3 course units of credit per term for a total not to exceed 3 units of the 32 required for graduation. Internships may be taken in any term, including summer, on a full-time or part-time basis, and may assume the form of volunteer work or internships in public or private agencies, institutes, or businesses. It does not include those field experiences or internships required for completion of certain programs or majors such as education or the law and society track in sociology. The three-unit maximum on fieldwork, however, applies to the total number of units for which a student may enroll either in an elective internship or a required internship.

A faculty coordinator and an on-site supervisor share supervisory responsibility for each Internship project. Upon completion of an Internship, the faculty coordinator consults with the field supervisor and assigns a final grade.

To be eligible for an Internship, a student must have junior or senior standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70. In some cases, there may be additional prerequisites for a particular Internship. A student may register for more than 2 course units of Internships in a single term or summer session only if the project involves a full-time commitment and residence off campus. A student may not continue an Internship for credit at the same placement in a later term or summer session without the permission of the associate provost. A transfer student may take an Internship only after completing one term at Moravian.