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Regular Bard academic credit may be awarded for successful completion of an independent study project outside the College’s regular course structure, provided the project has demonstrated academic value. After a proposed project has been approved by a faculty sponsor and the head of the relevant division or program, the student submits it for final approval to the Executive Committee, which consists of the dean of the college, the registrar (serving ex ofﬁcio), and the chairs of the divisions.
An independent study project may be undertaken in the fall or spring semester (for up to four credits) as part of the normal course load, or during January intersession or the summer (for up to two credits). Students may earn up to 12 independent study credits in total.