What Is Independent Study?

UNICEF Challenge (5)Sometimes we get questions what is an independent study? With that in mind, here is a perfect example of student-faculty work in a form of an independent study.

This one is a collaboration between CUNY Baccalaureate student Linda Armstrong (home school- JJC), who focuses on comparative human-animal behavior and JJC Professor Nathan Lents (Molecular Biology).

Together, they are writing a series of blog posts for the Human Evolution Blog. Most recent submission discusses research revealing that animal species possess intricate forms of communication, including facial expressions, body language and gestures, and vocal calls.

Seemingly unrelated photo attached to this text depicts another group of JJC students engaged in an experiential learning activity for the Global Design for UNICEF Challenge. Experiential learning can also be turned into credit-bearing independent studies!

CUNY BA is the University-wide, individualized degree. It’s an exciting, versatile, rewarding degree route for highly-motivated, self-directed students whose academic goals transcend traditional majors. Students create their own degree plans working directly with faculty mentors and academic advisors.