IMP Courses/Independent Study


What is independent study?

Independent-study courses (sometimes called "tutorials") are one-on-one classes created by special arrangement between a student and a faculty member. IMP students pursue independent study in order to supplement their regular course work and complete the final project. Typically more than three-fourths of the total credit hours for graduation are in regular classroom courses and 10 to 15 credit hours are in independent study. Independent-study courses can range from a private course on campus to off-campus experiences including fieldwork and internships. IMP students register for independent study under the course numbers I360, I450, and I460. Each of these courses requires the student and faculty member to complete a contract before enrollment. To determine which course number is appropriate in a given situation, consult the descriptions below or e-mail imp@indiana.edu.

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I450 Readings and Research (internships)

I450 is the course number for internships (except in cases when the internship serves as the final project; these should be registered as I460). The IMP encourages its students to avail themselves of opportunities for relevant work experience; the primary value of internships is for the experience they provide. Because many employers insist that students receive academic credit for internships, the IMP does offer such credit. However, the following restrictions apply:

  • The maximum allowable credit for a single internship under IMP I450 is 3 hours; under special circumstances, a student may petition the IMP director to be allowed more than 3 hoursí credit. (In cases where an internship is part of the student's final project, additional credits can be added under IMP I460). The number of credit hours allowable relates to hours worked in the following way: 50 work hours equals 1 credit hour; 51-100 work hours equals 2 credit hours; 101-150 work hours equals 3 credit hours.
  • In order to obtain permission to enroll in IMP I450, students must submit an internship contract (available in the box at right) that explains how the internship fits in with the subject of the studentís major and provides contact information for the internship employer. The employer will then be asked to supply a description of the internship, including duties, hours assigned, and duration of the work assignment, before permission will be granted.
  • Students are required to submit weekly reflection papers by e-mail to their sponsors and to the IMP office.
  • An Internship Evaluation Form must be completed by your on-site supervisor and submitted to your faculty sponsor and the IMP office before a grade will be assigned. (I450 is graded on an S/F basis.)

Before you decide that you want credit for your internship through the IMP, please consider the following: Your internship is valuable for the experience it gives you, regardless of whether you receive college credit. The credit hours that the IMP awards for internships cost money; this is something to keep in mind particularly if you intend to register during the summer when your enrollment wonít be covered under the flat fee. Internship credit does not count toward the requirement that 18 hours in your major be at the 300-400 level.

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I460 Readings and Research

I460 is the course number for final projects and other independent reading or research courses. Students receive letter grades for I460. The number of credit hours received is equivalent to the work undertaken, with students typically earning 1-4 credit hours per enrollment. Students can take I460 with their sponsors or with other individuals their sponsor recommends.

To obtain authorization for I460, submit a signed independent study contract (available in the box at right) to the IMP office. Students who wish to take two non-internship independent studies in the same semester should register for I460 and I360 (because the registration system does not permit students to register for I460 twice in one semester).

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I360 Readings and Research

I360 is the same as I460. Students who wish to take two non-internship independent studies in the same semester should register for I360 and I460 (because the registration system does not permit students to register for I460 twice in one semester). Students who are only taking one independent study in a given semester should register for I460.

To obtain authorization for I360, submit a signed independent study contract (available in the box at right) to the IMP office.

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I470 Senior Writing Workshop

The Senior Writing Workshop, I470, is intended for seniors who are working on their IMP final projects. It is a one-credit, first-eight-weeks course conducted as a writing workshop. Students share information about their majors, peer-edit drafts of written documents such as the analytic essay and retrospective statement, and receive feedback on their writing from the course instructor.

To obtain authorization for I470, e-mail imp@indiana.edu. No contract is necessary.

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