SUNY Empire Online Learning students have the option of enrolling in independent study opportunities beyond online courses.
You and your faculty mentor may determine the best way to pursue an area of study is to develop a learning contract that addresses both your interests and degree requirements.
Learning contracts vary widely in the resources and methods of study that can be used. A learning contract may involve independent study under the direction of a mentor, an adjunct faculty member or instructor. It may involve taking a course at another college, interning in a government or social agency, working on a project with other students, or traveling in or outside of the U.S. with a specific study plan. The learning contract may combine several of these resources and activities.
Online Learning students may also study with a mentor at one of the college's New York state locations. See the list of collegewide independent studies in the Learning Opportunities Inventory term guide. Go to MyESC and click on the register tab.
If an Online student with an approved degree program is in the final term and has a course left to take that is not being offered, the mentor and student should attempt to make an appropriate substitution. If a substitution is not in the best interests of the degree program plan, the mentor and student may request an independent study in the topic area.
Requests should be made at least one month in advance of the registration deadline.
The independent study is set-up by the academic area coordinator. In some cases group activities may be so integral to course design that an independent study may not be appropriate. In that case, the student may need to cross-register or to wait until the course is offered.
SUNY Empire will make every effort to serve the graduating student, if registration is conducted early.