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Independent Study in Linguistics

Independent Study Course Offerings

  • LING 395 (Independent Research, 1-4 credits): Students in LING 395 typically work on independent research projects or assist faculty with research projects. May be repeated for credit.
  • 493/494 (Independent Reading, 1-3 credits): Independent Reading course that may be taken for a single semester or sequenced across two semesters. May NOT be repeated for credit.
  • 495/496 (Honors Independent Reading, 1-3 credits). As above, but intended for students working on an Honors Thesis. May NOT be repeated for credit.

Independent Research/Directed Reading Guidelines

  • No independent study credit will be granted for work that can be done through a regular course during the same academic term.
  • Students interested in undertaking an independent study should have:
    • the necessary background to work in their interest area.
    • a project that has been well thought out before a prospective sponsor is contacted.
  • To register for an independent study a student should meet with a faculty member to discuss the requirements for credit. Both the student and faculty member should email linguistics@umich.edu to obtain permission to enroll.
    • Once permission has been granted to register for the independent study course, the student is responsible for registering before applicable deadlines.
  • Only letter grades (A-E) will be issued for independent study courses.
  • No incompletes are given for independent studies.
  • Students are expected to work for 3 hours a week per credit hour selected.
  • Faculty will verify the final outcome of the independent study project with a brief email to linguistics@umich.edu at the end of the semester in which the independent study course was completed.
  • This report will be kept on file in the Linguistics office.

Sample guidelines for work requirements

  • 1-2 articles or book chapters per week per credit hour; 3 hours per week of lab/research work per credit hour.
  • Faculty and students are expected to have a minimum of three contact hours + 1 per credit hour over the course of the term (example: 10 hours for a 3-credit course; 7 hours for a 2-credit course; 4 hours for a 1 credit course).
  • A final project (annotated bibliography, research report, grammatical analysis, conference presentation etc.) is required.