Independent Studies

Welcome to the Independent Studies program!

The Independent Studies (IS) program enables students to turn their passions into student-led academic courses.

This page has important dates and resources, so this is the best place to start for creating your own independent study!

The learning goals of our program are:

  • To connect the IS program with the broader CRC and Open Curriculum mission into our practice of mentorship.
  • To help students create/navigate their educational path.

Drop-in Advising Hours for Spring 2023:
  • TBD
  • If these times don't work, email [email protected] for an appointment or with your questions!

Dates & Deadlines:


Inital submission: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 [submit at]

Friday, April 14, 2023: Deadline to submit final GISPs/ISPs/AIs for Fall 2023 semester 

Please submit all material by email to [email protected].

[[For a Departmental Independent Study course, work directly with your professor to determine the expectations you both have for the credit. They will give you an override code, and you must register for the course no later than the Add a Course deadline listed on the Academic Calendar--the end of the fourth week of the semester.]]

You will share a first draft of your proposal with the IS coordinators before you submit your finalized application to the committee. This is meant to help strengthen your application; the coordinators will provide extensive feedback and suggest strategies for revision. The feedback process is dialectical and meant to improve your learning experience - please reach out to the coordinators at any point to discuss your ideas!

You can stay tuned about all the independent studies deadlines and events by subscribing to our calendar!

IS Resources:

IS Crash Course: Thinking about creating your own independent study but are not sure how to go about it? You can watch this video and view this presentation to learn about the different types of independent studies and the process of creating one.

Past GISPs Database request digital copies of past GISPs. You can also stop by the CRC in the basement of the CareerLAB to browse the earlier Independent Studies proposals.

Potential GISP Ideas - submit your GISP ideas and find out more about the GISPs your peers are working.

Syllabus writing workshop - you can access a step-by-step guide to constructing your own syllabus.

Want to read the report from the very first GISP that spurred on the creation of Brown's Open Curriculum?  Read the Draft of a Working Paper for Education at Brown University.

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