Department of Psychology at Illinois State University


Independent Study

PSY 400 Independent Study is an opportunity for graduate students to study an area of interest in depth under the supervision of a faculty member. Under PSY 400, graduate students are responsible for developing their own independent study project. Graduate students at large (non-degree seeking or not admitted to a graduate program) are not eligible to register for PSY 400 (see the Graduate Catalog under Course Offerings). Students are required to produce a substantive work product from the independent study—generally a paper—although the nature of the final work product may vary. Students must complete the Independent Study Contract for Graduate Students.

The contract is an interactive Microsoft Word document. The contract should be completed on the computer. Students should complete the top portion of the contract and provide a brief description of the independent study, and then save the contract as a Word document. The saved contract should be submitted to the faculty supervisor as an e-mail attachment. The faculty supervisor should complete the student's responsibilities and grading criteria portion of the contract. Then, the contract should be printed and signed by both parties. The signed contract should be submitted to the program or sequence coordinator for approval. After signing the contract, the program or sequence coordinator should submit the contract to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the department chair. Students cannot register for PSY 400 until the contract has been approved by the department chair and the Graduate Programs Office has processed an override for the course. Students will be notified when they can register. If the contract is approved after the first week of the semester, student must register in 107 Moulton Hall.