Independent Study and Language Courses

Independent Study

Exceptionally qualified students entering their third or fourth year may take a program of independent study provided it has been approved both by the Associate Dean (Studies) and by the Department or Departments principally involved.

A Department may approve an independent study program without permitting it to be counted toward a concentration in that Department.  It is, consequently, the responsibility of students taking such programs to ensure that the concentration requirements for a degree will be met.

Requests for such a program must be received by the Office of the Associate Deans (Studies) one month before the start of the first term in which the student intends to undertake the program. Requests must include: i) a detailed outline of the project, including its aims, the topics to be studied, and a preliminary list of readings; ii) the names of the faculty members supervising the project, including the principal coordinator; iii) the number of units for which the project is to substitute, based on an estimate of the amount of work to be covered by the project, taking into account the planned learning hours; and iv) the method by which the student’s performance is to be evaluated, and the method by which the grade or grades will be assigned.

The Associate Deans (Studies) may, in consultation with the student and faculty members involved, propose modifications in the project, particularly with respect to the number of units to be assigned to it.  The Associate Dean (Studies) may require an interview with the student.

Course numbers assigned to independent study are specified under Numbering of Courses in the Introduction chapter.  The departmental code assigned to the course will be that of the department which is closest to the material studied, provided it has agreed to take academic responsibility for the project.

Language Courses

Credit will be allowed for successful completion of courses in languages other than English and other than those offered at Queen’s provided that:

a)    The course is in a modern language, defined as one that is currently used by an existing culture;
b)    The course is offered by an accredited university, a school affiliated with such a university or by one of the language           schools historically recognized by Queen’s;
c)    Criteria for determining credit equivalency will be by parameters currently in use for all courses, that is, a grade                  determined by the host institution, number of contact hours, learning objectives/outcomes, type and number of                   assignments; and
d)    The student has the course approved prior to departure by means of an International Letter of Permission, and                  supplies appropriate evidence of the above on return.

Credit for such language courses will transfer as LANG P10/3.0, for a first course in a modern language, LANG P11/3.0 for a continuation of LANG P10/3.0, LANG 120/3.0, for an advanced-level course in a modern language and LANG 121/3.0 for a continuation of LANG 120/3.0. LANG credits will not be assessed above the 100 level.