Please note college policy for IS/IR: http://www.stolaf.edu/catalog/1415/academicregs/course-reg.html#ISIR
On or before the deadline to add courses:
1. Submit the application to the Registrar’s Office in Tomson Hall. Make a copy for your own records. The Registrar’s
Office will add the course only after this form has been submitted and approved. After the last day to add a course, a
late add petition to add the course is required and, if approved you will be charged a handling fee of $50.
2. Please note: The student must have some prior course work or other background learning relevant to the proposed
• To attempt IS (298) at least two prerequisite courses are required.
• To attempt IR (398) course, five prerequisite courses are required
• First-year students may not take IS/IR courses.
3. IS/IR does not fulfill a General Education Requirement (unless approved for WRI). See department chair/program
director for information whether the IS/IR will apply towards your major.
GE Guidelines for Applying Writing (WRI) to Independent Study/Research
Students: You must also include a separate rationale that specifically addresses all of the intended learning outcomes for
WRI, taking into account the guidelines: http://wp.stolaf.edu/curriculum-committee/files/2013/12/WRI.pdf.
WRI will not be approved if you do not provide a rationale.
Faculty: When approving WRI for an independent study/research check the WRI approval line next to the faculty
supervisor signature line on the form.
Guidelines for Writing in Context courses:
1. The course helps students write effective prose in a particular community of knowledge.
2. The course incorporates writing as a principal and integral part of learning.
3. The course must provide instruction in writing and must require students to revise their work in response to
Explain how you will meet the following intended learning outcomes through your Independent Study/Research:
The student will demonstrate:
1. The ability to write effectively in a form appropriate to a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary course of study.
2. The ability to write as a means for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating.
3. The ability to engage in writing as a systematic, iterative process, using flexible strategies for generating drafts,
responding to feedback, revising, editing, and proofreading.
SIGNATURE REQUIRED BELOW:
I have read the requirements for Independent Study or Independent Research and understand and agree to
the conditions and guidelines outlined on this form and other conditions pertaining to this application as
stated in the catalog.
Student’s Signature Date *Please choose a grading option after your supervisor has signed this form.
(Registrar’s signature added upon final approval. Submit form to Registrar’s Office after obtaining above signatures.)
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