Contract Independent Study
Contract Independent Study enables students not currently admitted to Western or students who may be taking time off from the university an opportunity to engage in independent study with a Western faculty member. Students design and develop Contract Independent Study projects in consultation with the faculty member. Credits and final grades are recorded on the student’s official Western academic transcript.
Approval Process and Faculty Information
Students interested in engaging in a Contract Independent Study are required to first identify a Western faculty member who is willing to support and oversee the course. Academic departments and faculty have busy schedules and may not have the time and/or resources to oversee independent study projects. If you do not know a faculty member in your area of interest, contact the academic department that most closely relates to that area. Contact information for academic departments and faculty members can be found through Western’s Directory.
- Courses available online (including Self-Paced and Term-Based) are not available for enrollment through the Contract Independent Study program.
- Students currently admitted to Western set-up independent studies through the Registrar’s Office.
- During summer quarter, all independent studies go through the Summer Session program.
How to Register for Contract Independent Study (CIS)
Registration for Contract Independent Study projects may occur at any time.
Timeline and Schedule
Students are given up to six months from the month of registration to complete their independent study.
Tuition and Fees
Fall 2023 through Spring 2024: $298 per credit
Tuition is due first day of classes
Legislative Action Fee $1 per quarter
Summer Session Only - Tuition and fee information through Summer Session
To request a Contract Independent Study Registration Packet, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.