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    Grinnell College
   
 
  Oct 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Individual Study, Internships, and Practica


 


Individual Study

The College encourages students to work closely with their academic adviser(s) and to develop initiative and take responsibility for their own education through a variety of means: Plus-2, Foreign Language Option (FLO), Guided Reading, Individual Reading, Independent Study, Directed Research, and and Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs.) .
 

 Plus-2

A Plus-2 is course-related independent individual study option work option referred to as the "Plus-2" that permits a student to add 2 credits to a regular course by choosing an independent study component of that course. The Plus-2 provides opportunities for more extensive work in some aspect of a course: more substantial exploration of the general literature of a course, additional studio or laboratory activity, or other corollary work. The Plus-2 option may also provide the opportunity to extend the use of foreign language into other disciplinary areas via the Foreign Language Option (FLO)

The Plus-2 option is available, with the approval of the instructor, only in some courses above the introductory (100) level. Courses with the Plus-2 option are indicated in this Catalog by a note in the course description. See the Student Handbook for Plus-2 registration instructions and deadlines.

 Foreign Language Option (FLO)

Students are encouraged to study a foreign language at Grinnell and to extend the use of foreign languages into other disciplinary areas. Students may apply their foreign language skills to the discovery of content in a variety of disciplines which make use of translated material. There are a number of opportunities regularly available for students who wish to use their language skills in non-foreign language classes across the curriculum. Courses designated as having a Foreign Language Option make it possible for students to do some of the readings for those courses in the original language rather than in translation. Students may earn academic credit by registering for FLO as a Plus-2.  Courses with the Foreign Language Option are indicated in this Catalog by a note in the course description. They may also be found by filtering the Live Schedule of Courses according to the FLO course type.

 Guided Reading, Individual Reading, and Independent Study

Guided Reading (297), Individual Reading (387), and Independent Study (397) provide an opportunity for a student to explore an academic area not part of the present College offerings. Either might include reading of a body of literature, reproducing published scientific experiments, learning advanced techniques, or exploring an art. The design of an independent project is very much in the hands of the student, with advice from the faculty director. Guided Reading (297), Individual Reading (387), and Independent Study (397), in comparison to projects conducted under the rubric of a Mentored Advanced Project (499), have less formal application procedures, require significantly less faculty direction, and do not have the expectation of producing results intended for dissemination to the wider scholarly community. See the Student Handbook for Guided Reading, Individual Reading, and Independent Study registration instructions and deadlines.

297 Guided Reading

2 credits

Guided Reading focuses on the reading of a body of literature under the direction of a faculty director and may culminate in a paper, examination(s), or other gradable product. A student is expected to meet once a week with the faculty director for discussion and analysis of the readings. Guided Reading is offered during the academic year and summer. Prerequisites: at least second semester of first-year standing; proposals must be approved by the faculty director, the academic adviser, and the Dean of the College.

387 Individual Reading                                        

   2 or 4 credits  

Individual Reading is only available in the following foreign languages: Chinese, Greek, Japanese, and Latin. Reading focuses on a body of literature under the direction of a faculty director and may culminate in a paper, examination(s), or other gradable product. A student is expected to meet once a week with the faculty director for discussion and analysis of the readings. Individual Reading is offered during the academic year and summer. Prerequisites: at least second-year standing; proposals must be approved by the faculty director, the academic adviser, and the Dean of the College.

397 Independent Study

2 or 4 credits

Independent Study is intended for select students who are competent to participate in a program of study under faculty supervision. Independent Study culminates in at least one product (a paper, laboratory report, work of art, etc.). A student is expected to meet at least once a week with the faculty director. Independent Study is offered during the academic year and summer. Prerequisites: at lease second-year standing; proposals must be approved by the faculty director, the academic adviser, and the Dean of the College.

Directed Research

The College also encourages students to engage in faculty directed research projects. Directed Research (299 or 399) is an opportunity for a student to work under the continuous direction of a faculty member on a research project, often of the faculty director's design. Directed Research, in comparison to projects conducted under the rubric of a Mentored Advanced Project (499), has less formal application procedures and does not necessarily have the expectation of producing results intended for dissemination to the wider scholarly community. See the Student Handbook for Directed Research registration instructions and deadlines.

299 Directed Research

2 or 4 credits

Directed Research at the 200-level is intended for select students who have the appropriate academic preparation to benefit from an early research experience. The research project may be pursued in Grinnell or on a field excursion, always under the direct and continuous supervision of a Grinnell faculty member. Directed research will involve a search of the necessary literature and result in a written report. Directed Research (299) is offered during the academic year and summer. Prerequisites: completion of the first year and coursework related to the topic of the research project; proposals must be approved by the faculty director, the academic adviser, and the Dean of the College.

399 Directed Research

2 or 4 credits

Directed Research at the 300-level is intended for select students who are competent to participate in an advanced research program. The research project may be pursued in Grinnell or on a field excursion, always under the direct and continuous supervision of a Grinnell faculty member. Directed research will involve a search of the necessary literature and result in a written report. Directed Research (399) is offered during the academic year and summer. Prerequisites: completion of second year and coursework related to the topic of the research project; proposals must be approved by the faculty director, the academic adviser, and the Dean of the College.

Mentored Advanced Projects

At the time of declaring a major, students submit a comprehensive plan that lists the coursework they have completed and outlines a plan for the remaining semesters of study. At this time, it is appropriate for interested students to discuss with their advisers how a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) might help shape their program by culminating a sequence of academic work.

Mentored Advanced Projects provide a chance to work closely with a faculty member on scholarly research or creative production. A MAP can be the capstone of the academic major or a concentration, or it can culminate a separate sequence not recognized as a formal program. In many fields, MAPs are connected with the faculty member's scholarship and may contribute to ongoing faculty research. The MAP opportunity is made available by specific programs and individual faculty members at their discretion, so students should not expect to set the terms for a particular MAP. Sound planning and attentiveness to the available opportunities are recommended to students who seek a chance to culminate their undergraduate work in a creative or scholarly way. Products of MAPs are expected to contribute to the original scholarship of the field of study and may be disseminated professionally through a scholarly publication, presentation, or prize submission. See the Student Handbook for MAP registration instructions and deadlines.

499 Mentored Advanced Project

2 or 4 credits

A Mentored Advanced Project is an approved course of faculty-directed scholarly or creative work that is the culmination of significant preparatory work and aims to produce results that merit presentation to the College community and the wider scholarly world. The Mentored Advanced Project takes place under the direct and continuous supervision of a Grinnell faculty member. Since MAPs are advanced and intensive, the first component of a multi-term MAP must earn four credits. Subsequent portions (such as a "follow-up" MAP) may earn two or four credits. Each component of a multi-term MAP must result in an appropriate product and will receive a grade. MAPs (499) are offered during the academic year and summer. Prerequisite: completion of second-year; approval by the faculty director, the academic adviser, and the academic program in which the MAP takes place. Specific MAP offerings are described in greater detail by departments, concentrations, divisions, and nondepartmental majors.

Group Projects

Any instructor may permit students to work or meet together if joint work will be advantageous to all the students. Applications for all students in a group project should be submitted together, with the student statement attached to each application.

General Regulations for Plus-2, Independent Study, Directed Research, and MAPs

Eligibility for Individual Study
Students having less than third-year standing who have satisfied the tutorial requirement (or its equivalent) may take one Plus-2, Guided Reading (297), Individual Reading (387), Independent Study (397), or intermediate Directed Research course (299) per semester. There is no semester limit for third- and fourth-year students.

Course Substitution
Plus-2, Guided Reading (297), Individual Reading (387), Independent Study (397), Directed Research (299 or 399), and Mentored Advanced Project (499) may not substitute for a course regularly offered by Grinnell College, even though the course is not offered every year.

Credit Limitations
Although there is no limit to the total number of Individual Study courses (Plus-2, 297, 299, 387, 397, 399, and 499) a student may take, students may apply only 12 of these credits in any one department toward satisfaction of graduation requirements.

Grading
The audit and S/D/F grading option are not available for individual study courses.

General Application Procedures for Independent Study, Directed Research, and MAPs

Applications for Guided Reading (297), Individual Reading (387), Independent Study (397), Directed Research (299 or 399), and academic year MAPs (499) or summer MAPs (499) (may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. See the Student Handbook for specific individual study registration instructions and deadlines.

An application for Guided Reading (297) requires a description of the topic accompanied by a bibliography. Arrangement for a Guided Reading project must be made before the work is done; credit is not given for reading done in the past.

An application for Individual Reading (387) haas department-specific requirements. Contact the individual department for a project checklist. Arrangement for an Individual Reading project must be made before the work is done; credit is not given for reading done in the past.

An application for Independent Study (397) or Directed Research (299 or 399) requires a thesis statement or equivalent, a bibliography, and an outline of the project—including an indication of academic preparation for this study.

A Mentored Advanced Project (499) has the most formal and developed application. In consultation with the potential faculty mentor, a student develops a thorough description of the topic and project, a clear statement of the relation of the project to his/her/hir previous studies, a bibliography or list of sources, list of graded work and deadlines, a budget for any needed materials and/or travel, and an explanation of the planned product of the project. Products of MAPs are expected to contribute to the original scholarship of the field of study and may be disseminated professionally through a scholarly publication, presentation, or prize submission.

Internships

The internship program provides a field learning experience as part of the liberal arts education. The academic year internship (during Fall or Spring semester) is a part-time program in which students spend 14 hours per week at the work site and receive four credits. Summer internships may be pursued throughout the United States or abroad, and students may receive two or four credits.

300 Internships: Academic Year

4 credits

Interns work 14 hours each week at internship sites located in Des Moines, Grinnell, and the surrounding areas. Applications for internships are made to the internship coordinator in the Center for Careers, Life, and Service. Learning contracts must be approved by a faculty sponsor, the department head, the work site supervisor, the student's academic adviser, and the Dean of the College. Prerequisite: completion of the second year, must be in good academic standing [LINK]

300 Internships: Summer

2 or 4 credits

The process of application and approval is the same as above, except that summer internships may be pursued anywhere in the United States or abroad and may be part or full time. Prerequisite: completion of the second year, must be in good academic standing [LINK]

General Regulations for Internships

Eligibility for Internships
A student may typically undertake part-time internships (300) when he/she/ze has declared a major, has completed their second year of study, is in good academic standing, and has completed departmental requirements for participation in internships. The Dean of the College may grant individual exceptions to this policy. Students may not participate in more than two internships.

Course Substitution
Internships (300) may not substitute for a course regularly offered by Grinnell College, even though the course is not offered every year.

Credit Limitations
Students may earn a maximum of 8 credits through internships (300) that can be counted toward graduation requirements.

Grading
Internships taken for academic credit are typically graded S/D/F, however, the letter grade option (A-F) is available to students who request that the credit count toward their graduation requirements within their major or concentration. The audit option is not available for internships.

General Application Procedures for Internships (See Center for Careers, Life, and Service for more information)

The internship program provides a field learning experience as part of the liberal arts education. The academic year (Fall and Spring semester) internship is a part-time program in which students spend 14 hours per week at the work site and receive four credits. Summer internships may be pursued throughout the United States or abroad, and students may receive two or four credits.

Information, applications, and internship guidelines may be obtained from the Center for Careers, Life, and Service. Also see the Student Handbook for internship registration instructions and deadlines.

 

Practica 

Some departments offer practica courses or performance courses, including:

  • Performance in musical groups: MUS 101  
  • Physical education activities and varsity sports: PHE 100 PHE 101  
  • Theatrical Productions and Dance Ensemble: THD 100 THD 205  

General Regulations for Practica

Eligibility for Practica

Eligibility for practica courses varies. Contact the appropriate department or the Office of the Registrar with questions. Practica courses are only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Credit Limitations

  • A total combined maximum of 8 credits of musical group performance (MUS 101 ), physical education activities or varsity sports (PHE 100  and PHE 101 ), and theatrical productions and dance ensemble (THD 100  and THD 205 ) may count toward a student's graduation requirements, with no more than 4 of those credits in physical education activities or varsity sports (PHE 100  and PHE 101 ).
  • A combined semester maximum of 6 credits in musical group performance (MUS 101 ), studio instruction (MUS 120 , MUS 122 , MUS 220 , and MUS 221 , and recitals (MUS 320  and MUS 420 .)

Grading

Practica, including performance in musical groups (MUS 101 ), physical education activities and varsity sports (PHE 100  and PHE 101 ), and theatrical productions and dance ensemble (THD 100  and THD 205   are graded S/D/F only. The letter grade option (A-F) is not available for these practica.

The audit option is available for all practica.

General Registration Procedures for Practica

In most cases, students register for practica credits like any other course, however, registration processes for THD 100  and PHE 101  vary and the department will register the student after they earn credit.