Individual Learning Projects

An individual learning project (ILP) is a well-developed course of study planned and carried out by a student. It provides opportunity to pursue academic interests in several ways: tutorial studies, directed studies and individually studied courses. In undertaking an individual learning project, a student structures a college-level course and assumes responsibility for bringing it to fruition. A student plans a syllabus which identifies the goals, problems, methods, resources and evaluative criteria of the study. The faculty moderator gives initial approval of the project, is available for consultation and assumes responsibility for submitting a final evaluation. Unless a specific department specifies an earlier deadline, students must submit a detailed proposal for an individual learning project to the faculty moderator and department chair prior to the beginning of the semester.

First-year students are not eligible for individual learning projects. No more than four ILP credits may be undertaken within a semester. Upper-division ILPs have as a prerequisite the completion of 12 credits of coursework within the department by the end of the ILP semester. Students should consult the registrar for application forms and more detailed guidelines.