Independent Study & Research

Independent study provides the ideal opportunity for a student to do an extended research project in a subject of particular interest. Students are encouraged to do independent studies with a faculty member with whom they have previously taken a course. Students doing Independent Studies in Art History are required to write a research paper. Faculty in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies are usually limited to two Independent Study students each semester. A successful Independent Study project can lead to Graduation with Distinction in the Major.

Students interested in completing an Independent Study should download and complete the application (below) and obtain all required signatures before the end of drop/add in the appropriate semester. Students can request a Writing (W) designation for Research Independent Study. To do so the student must complete the W code request form (below). Please follow all instructions listed on the W code request form and submit the form for final approval before the end of drop/add in the appropriate semester. See the Trinity College policy on Independent Study for more information.