Independent Study Committee

 
The independent Student Committee is in charge of Independent Majors and Senior Scholar Projects.

Independent Major

The College provides the Independent Major for those students whose academic interests do not match the course requirements of existing majors.  A student may design an independent major and submit a detailed written proposal to the Independent Study Committee. The proposal must be prepared with the aid of one or two advisors who write letters of support and agree to assume responsibility for the duration of the program. The program must include a balance of lower and upper level courses normally totalling one third or more of the total credit hours required for graduation. In many cases, independent majors take their courses from two or more departments. In this case, students are asked to have two advisors, from different departments. more...

Senior Scholars

The Colby faculty authorized the Senior Scholars Program in 1953. The Independent Study Committee has administered the program since the faculty revised the regulations in 1959. The Senior Scholars Program is a college-wide program that provides the opportunity to devote significant time to a major project. Therefore, it has different requirements than do the various departmental independent study or senior project programs. The guidelines require scholars, tutors, readers, and the committee to work within the established deadlines. The responsibilities and deadlines are outlined in this site. Please read them carefully. Consult the Members of the Independent Study Committee if problems arise or are anticipated. more...