An independent study is a non-catalog course in which a faculty member and an advanced student design research on a topic of special interest that extends beyond the scope and depth of courses regularly offered in the curriculum.

To be eligible for an independent study, a matriculated Trinity undergraduate student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have completed at least 50 credit hours of academic work prior to the semester in which the independent study is taken. The topic or content must have the written approval of the instructor, the department chair, and the Dean of the College. All work is due according to the schedule determined by the instructor and no later than final exam week. A student may earn a maximum of 21 credits by any combination of independent and guided studies.