During your time at Harvard, you may find that you want to explore an academic opportunity that is not available in your classes. This might be an interdisciplinary investigation, an arts practice or performance study, or a field research project. Independent Study offers the opportunity for academic inquiry not available through regular coursework. It is not intended to provide credit for paid work or activities outside the realm of our academic departments.
It is important to us that you get the most out of the opportunities available to you. When such projects align with your academic goals and our educational guidelines, you may petition to create a semester-long Independent Study.
To qualify for Independent Study, you must establish the project, identify an academic advisor, and submit a petition to your Allston Burr Resident Dean and the Office of Undergraduate Education. Review the complete guidelines for Independent Study, and speak with your adviser to find out if this option is a good fit for you.