Opportunities for credit-bearing Independent Study are available to matriculated students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher who wish to explore areas of a discipline not covered in the normal curriculum. Independent Study is not available to non-matriculated students.
The intention of Independent Study is to expand a student's learning experience beyond the normal program curriculum. Therefore, an Independent Study cannot be taken in lieu of any course existing in any of NHTI's catalogs. Students wishing to pursue existing NHTI courses on an independent basis should consult the NHTI policy on Directed Study.
Students wishing to take advantage of an Independent Study opportunity must consult with a supervising faculty member to prepare a proposal detailing the specific learning outcome(s) to be pursued, the specific learning activities that will occur, and the specific forms of assessment and evaluation that will be used to determine the final grade. In addition, the proposal should indicate the number of credits requested for the Independent Study (usually 1-2 credits). The Independent Study Proposal Form is available from the Academic Affairs Office and the Registrar's Office or you can download and print a copy here.
The student must obtain the following signatures as indicated on the form: the student's Department Head; the faculty member who will supervise the learning experience; the Department Head of the supervising faculty member; and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Grading of Independent Study projects will follow the standard NHTI policies and procedures.
Exceptions to the above policy require approval from the Department Head and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Financial Aid does not cover courses for which a student earns credit through Independent Study.