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Occasionally a student may wish to pursue a topic in the library science or information science field not covered in their current semester course offerings or which they wish to study in a more in-depth fashion. In these instances, students may opt to complete an independent study, or the LIS 695 course. As with the practicum course, students who want to pursue LIS 695 must complete a contract for approval before we can register them for the course (self-registration is unavailable).

To be eligible for the independent study, a student must have:

  • Completed at least 18 semesters hours toward the degree.
  • Completed the contract and secured permission of the directing faculty member.
  • Submitted the contract to SIS Student Affairs for final approval.



Please go over and complete the contract with the directing faculty member for the independent study. Your directing faculty member is not required to be your advisor but they should be knowledgeable in the area you wish to study and a member of the Library Science faculty. Once completed, please email the contract to SIS Student Affairs.

Regarding final deliverables for independent studies - traditionally, an independent study culminates in a research paper. However, we encourage students to pursue a variety of creative final deliverables for their independent study including film, informative websites/blog projects and resource guides which use multimedia content.

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