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Independent Studies and Internships

English majors who have completed four regular semesters with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (or a cumulative average of 3.4 or higher for courses in English) may apply for credit in an independent study program, generally involving a topic that is not typically offered in the English curriculum and that will enrich the major program. At the end of the sophomore or early in the junior year, interested students may submit a written proposal describing, with particulars, the planned study project. The minimum requirement for such a proposal is that it include a substantial critical or creative writing project. If the proposal is accepted, the student will be assigned a faculty mentor who will oversee the writing project, offer advice on readings, help with the selection of courses, and establish a timetable for the completion of the writing project. The project may extend over one or two semesters. Serious and satisfactory work for one semester will earn three credits. A student who successfully completes the two-semester project will receive six credits. Internship independent studies are intended to introduce a junior or senior to professional writing, editorial, and related skills in a particular communications area. See ENG 370, ENG 470, ENG 490, ENG 491, ENG 492, ENG 493-94 under Course Descriptions for additional information.