To enable students to demonstrate more adequately their intellectual capacity and to fulfill their intellectual potential, Beloit College believes that they should have an opportunity to work independently on chosen projects. These learning experiences, referred to as "special projects," consist of individual work under faculty supervision or guidance, such as field investigation, library or laboratory research, planned reading programs, artistic creation, and approved foreign study of an independent or semi-independent character. Evaluation of special projects is based on appropriate tangible evidence of achievement.
Special projects are numbered 390 and may be taken for ¼ through 1 unit of credit. Students should have at least sophomore standing.
To register for a Special Project, a student must complete a Special Project Contract. No special project will be added to a student’s registration without a contract. The contract must be approved by the instructor, the department chair, and the student’s advisor. This signed contract must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the date set for adding courses for that module. To register for more than 2 units of Special Project in one term, a student must receive prior approval from the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the College.
Special projects may be elected during vacation terms, upon payment of the appropriate fee. Grades for such work are due in the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the first week of classes in the subsequent term of residence.
Special projects elected in the senior year may be used in fulfillment of departmental honors programs.
Students taking special projects courses during the summer will be assessed an administrative charge (check with the Accounting Office for the current fee). This option may be used only twice.
The form is available in the Registrar’s Office or in the upper righthand corner of this page.