Special Programs

Directed/Independent Study

If a student is unable to meet with a class because of a schedule conflict or other special circumstances, it may be possible to take a course of directed/independent study. A directed study is used when the course is being offered but, because of special circumstances, the student cannot meet at the scheduled times; whereas, an independent study is used when the course is not on the approved schedule.

Typically, a student who needs to take a course as a directed or independent study during the fall or spring semester will have sixteen weeks to complete the course requirements. A student who needs to take a course as a directed or independent study during the summer will have twelve weeks to complete the course requirements. The weeks of completion are based on the regularly established academic schedule and not from the point of registration. A student registered for a directed/independent study will meet individually with the instructor at a convenient time.

The exception to the above term lengths will be when a student wishes to register for a directed or independent study in a program (e.g., degree completion, graduate business, graduate environmental) that offers its courses in an eight-week block format. Under these circumstances the student will have eight weeks to complete the course based on a regularly established eight-week block academic calendar.

A fee per course is charged in addition to the regular tuition fee for the directed/independent study course. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. All applications must have the approval of the supervising instructor, the academic advisor, the chair of the academic department, and the appropriate college dean. The approved application with the appropriate signatures will be sent to the Office of the Registrar where it will be processed and added to the student's registration for the semester. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that all applications are received by the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. on the Friday of the third week of the fall, spring, or summer full academic term in which the student wants to take the class. For those students wishing to register for a directed or independent study in an eight-week block, it is the responsibility of the student to make sure that all applications are received by the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. on the Friday of the second week of the eight-week block in which he/she wishes to register.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at The University of Findlay provides a challenging educational experience for capable students who choose to participate. The program aims to encourage and to stimulate students beyond the general range of undergraduate course work by fostering a concern for academic excellence, by providing opportunities for independent study and individual guidance and by offering specially designed upper-level seminars. A tuition waiver for overload hours permits students enrolled for honors credit during any given semester to enrich and accelerate their academic curriculum. Having fulfilled the requirements of the program, a graduating student will qualify for special recognition at commencement. For more detailed information regarding participation in the Honors Program, contact the director of the Honors Program.

Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive English Language Program offers instruction in the English language and in American life and culture for non-native speakers of English. This academic program has four levels of instruction.

Students learn about the United States through class activities and discussions, interaction with American students and faculty members on campus or while participating in field trips, campus programs, and other community events.

All upper-level English as an International Language (ENIN) courses earn university credit. Six of the ENIN hours can be used to satisfy the general education foreign language/culture requirement.