Independent Study

Although most courses listed in the catalog may be taken by independent study, they are available only under extenuating circumstances, and may not be taken to improve a grade in a previously completed course or to complete a capstone course. Extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to: The student needs the course to graduate and it is not offered on the schedule in current term or near future, or the student requires a number of credits that cannot be accommodated by existing courses, affecting the student’s financial aid.

The student must consult with the dean to determine if his/her circumstances qualify for an independent study.

An independent study is distinct from a low-enrollment course. Low-enrollment courses gather an instructor and student(s) in a pre-designed online course shell with no expectation of synchronous contact between student(s) and instructor. In contrast, an independent study requires the student to meet synchronously with the supervising faculty member at least one hour each week of the term and may not provide content and assignments in a pre-designed online course shell.

The independent study course will start on the first day of term and end on the last day of the term. For NAU employees, CTA will not cover tuition for independent study courses.

Undergraduate Students:

The undergraduate student must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Written approval of the dean must be obtained.
  2. The undergraduate student must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  3. Indication of academic ability must be evidenced by at least one year of successful college experience or successful completion of EN1150 or EN1300.

Master’s Students:

The master’s student must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  1. Written approval of the graduate dean must be obtained.
  2. Indication of academic ability evidenced by either a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or completion of one or more master's-level courses with a minimum CGPA of 3.0.