Independent Studies

Upper-level students are encouraged to work with our faculty members on meaningful independent study topics that support their specific interests, personality, and preferences.
In the 1950s and ’60s, our Founding Director, Doc Armstrong, pulled students out of class and gave them a stack of books to read if he thought they needed a more individualized program. Today, upper-level students are encouraged to work with our faculty members on meaningful independent study topics that support their specific interests, personality, and preferences. Our Academics Committee approves more than 20 independent studies each year, from topics such as American political philosophy of the early founding period to the applied mathematics of winning at tennis to social, economic, and political forces impacting women’s health.

Independent studies for 2021-2022 include: 
  • Complex Analysis
  • Forest Fire Reconnaissance
  • Game Development with the Unreal Engine
  • Interpreting the Deaf World
  • Teaching Practicum in AP Chinese
  • The Art of Nonfiction:  Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Study of Haruki Murakami
  • Don Quixote and Related Works
  • Relativity and Modern Physics
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