Independent Study

Independent Study in African American Studies is meant to support outstanding students with interests beyond or outside current course offerings of the department. Students should approach an instructor well before the beginning of the semester (i.e. before winter break for Spring proposals or end of April or summer for Fall proposals) and do so with a well thought-out project in mind. Students should keep in mind that, while independent studies do not usually require classroom meeting time, they are meant to be demanding research enterprises. Students should expect to work 6 to 8 hours per week on their projects. Minimum requirements are as follows, but individual instructors may establish further restrictions on the candidacy of individual students for independent study at their discretion.


  • Student is require to have a GPA of 3.0 or above in all work taken at UIC.
  • Student is expected to work on a topic integral to African American Studies and to have completed at least one course with the instructor before enrolling in the Independent Study course.
  • No student will be permitted to enroll after the 10th day of class.
  • A maximum of 8 semester hours in Independent Study in a given Department or Program may count toward the degree.
  • Registration for this course will not be allowed until the student has received the approval of the supervising instructor and the department.
  • In order to get approval, please fill out the Independent Study application and ensure that the instructor completes the approval form.

Application Instructions

  • Complete the section on the application that is to be filled in by the student.
  • A typed bibliography and well written outline of the project MUST accompany the application.
  • Take the application to the supervising instructor for completion and signature.
  • Return the completed application to Room 1227 University Hall or email for Departmental Approval.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to check on the status of the application.
  • For additional information, call (312)996-3542.

Student Independent Study Application