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Registering for Special Courses

Independent Study and Arranged Courses

The academic program at St. Norbert College is designed to provide maximum flexibility of opportunity to students for meeting their educational goals. An important aspect of the academic program is approved independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. There are two basic approaches to independent work by the student. The first is independent study of a course listed in the catalog, called an arranged course. The second is expansion of a student’s study which goes beyond the content of regular courses listed in the catalog through a special topic, directed readings or directed research, or work-study. The titles of the independent work may vary from one academic area to another. The requirements for these, however, are standard.

Students registering for independent work which is not part of an available course must secure approval in advance of registration from the supervising faculty member and the divisional associate dean. To secure approval, students must submit a written proposal including a summary of what is to be accomplished in the course and how it is to be accomplished. The proposal should be developed with the assistance of the student’s advisor or the supervising faculty member or both. The proposal should be prepared in sufficient numbers for copies to be kept on file with the advisor, faculty member, registrar and the appropriate divisional associate dean(s). As would be required in any course, the student should submit to the instructor evidence of the work accomplished. This evidence should be sufficiently extensive to permit a valid evaluation of the quantity and quality of what the student has accomplished in the course.

Full-time students may audit one course per semester without an additional tuition charge. Registration for an audit is on a space-available basis.

Individual faculty members will set the conditions under which their courses may be taken as an audit rather than for credit. Students registering to audit a course are expected to maintain a normal attendance pattern in that class. A student who does not fulfill the conditions set forth by the instructor will not have the course and grade (AU) entered on the permanent record.

No course may be changed from credit to audit, or vice versa, after the end of the drop/add period. If a course is taken for audit, it cannot then be taken for credit unless it is an ensemble.

Academic Credit Internship Registration Requirements
Internships for credit involve a very specific academic component, which is detailed and agreed to by all parties in advance of the internship experience.An academic internship involves the application of disciplinary or interdisciplinary concepts to a work experience. It should be thought of as similar to an applied research project that integrates knowledge from the classroom with experience from the internship. The academic focus of the internship for credit should be woven through the internship experience in a meaningful way under the expert guidance of the faculty member.

Internship Registration
You must have an internship secured in order to register for a class.

  1. During the advising period, the student must obtain permission to receive credit from the faculty supervisor.
  2. Registration for the Internship Seminar 494 course will be completed via KnightLine.
  3. If the Internship Seminar 494 is not available on KnightLine, students have the option of obtaining credit through an individualized internship with a sponsoring faculty supervisor. It is the student’s responsibility to find a faculty member who is willing to individually supervise him or her. The faculty supervisor, the student’s academic advisor, and the Divisional Associate Dean must sign a special course registration form, which is available through the Registrar’s office. The Internship 494 option on the form must be checked.
  4. The nature of the internship experience (i.e., the job responsibilities) primarily determines which internship course for which the student registers. A student with an internship experience within his or her major would register for that discipline’s course (i.e., an Art major with a graphic design internship would register for ART 494). However, when the internship experience is outside of that student’s major, the student would register for HUMA 494, NSCI 494, or SSCI 494, based on the nature of the experience (i.e., a Music major with a business internship would register for SSCI 494).
  5. Students and advisors should check the College catalog to determine whether an internship course will count as an elective towards the student’s major. If not listed as a major elective in the College catalog, the internship course can only be applied to major requirements through the course substitution process, available through the Registrar’s Office.
  6. Normal tuition policies apply to internships taken for credit.

Prerequisites for Receiving Credit for an Internship

  • Students are required to work a minimum of 120 hours at the internship site during the length of the course. More hours may be required depending on the specific course.
  • Students can only take each internship course once per site, with a maximum of eight internship credits taken as credits of the 128 semester credits required for graduation.
  • Students must be of junior or senior standing, but an exception to this prerequisite can be made if approved by the Divisional Associate Dean.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA to be eligible to register for a credit-bearing internship. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.50 must obtain approval to register for an internship seminar by the faculty supervisor.
  • Students must be interning during the semester they are taking the internship course (i.e., the internship must be taken simultaneously with the course).
  • Students can receive credit for their internship regardless of whether it is paid or unpaid.
  • Students are not allowed to receive credit if they are interning with a family business or have a relative as their direct supervisor.
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