Completing an Independent Study Project is a popular option for undergraduate students and is a great way for students to work directly with faculty, gain research experience, or explore an area of interest in-depth. Students work with faculty on a project they have both agreed upon that fits the student's interest. The faculty member will oversee and guide the student through the different parts of the independent study from the initial proposal to the completed project.
How do you get approved to do an ECON 199 or 399? It is up to the student to secure an independent study opportunity with an approving faculty member. Most faculty will only approve students who have been in one of their classes where they know the student's quality of work and work ethic (primarily 400-level courses). We encourage students to select 400-level courses which fit their interests and which have Economics Faculty teaching, and utilize office hours and engage in the class so the faculty are familiar with you. When you contact the faculty it is good to have an idea of what you would like to study (many studies will expand on an area within the course you took).
The Department will sometimes email economics students with opportunities if available, but we do not maintain a list of projects.
Independent studies my include: assisting faculty on their research, creating your own research project, collection of data, data analysis, writing, and literature reviews. Other faculty approved outcomes may be: presentation(s), teaching assistant, curricular development (class lessons), surveyss community outreach or projects, multimedia essays or projects, interdisciplinary projects, and beyond.
The Economics Undergraduate Research page provides more information about independent study projects, and some of the past projects.
Econ 199: (0-5 credit hours)
Econ 399: (0-9 credit hours) Must be Junior/Senior Standing & Completed ECON 302 or 303
*May be taken any semester (including the summer)~ student must receive faculty approval first (and complete form below)
Application to be completed by student & approved by the overseeing faculty, and brought to the Economics Office in 214 DKH:
ECON 199/399 Independent Study Form