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Self-Directed Study: Internship/Independent Study (excludes honors paper and student teaching)

Credit limitsfor Internship/Independent Study:

Major Field

 

Total Program

 
Internship: Maximum of 15 credits Internship: Maximum of 15 credits
Independent Study: Maximum of 12 credits or 1/4 credits in major (whichever is less) Independent Study: Maximum of 12 credits
Total:: Maximum of 18 credits Total:: Maximum of 27 credits

INTERNSHIP credits include: any course numbered 399 (internship); internship credits from other institutions (except American University); any course numbered 370 (practicum); ART 300 (Gallery Assistantship); PSCI 325 (Field Work in Politics); SOWK 445, 446 (Social Work Field Practice).

INDEPENDENT STUDY credits include all courses numbered 375 and any X-credits completed.

Independent study credits in the major field may not exceed 12 credits or 1⁄4 of the major field, whichever is less:

  • 24 credits earned in major = 6 credit maximum in independent study
  • 36 credits earned in major = 9 credit maximum in independent study
  • 48 credits earned in major = 12 credit maximum in independent study
  • 60 credits earned in major = 12 credit maximum in independent study

As shown above, if 1⁄4 of the major field is more than 12 credits, you may not exceed 12 credits of independent study in the major.

TOTALS: The total number of self-directed credits in the major may not exceed 18. Therefore, if you complete 15 credits of internship, you are limited to 3 credits of independent study. If you complete 6 credits of internship, and have completed at least 48 credits in your major, you may take 12 credits of independent study for the maximum of 18 credits of self-directed study.

SU/Exemption/Portfolio Credits- the total may not exceed 30 credits.

S/U credit (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)–the total number of S/U credits allowed depends on your length of time at Hood.

  • 1 year or 30 credits at Hood = 3 credits of S/U
  • 2 years or 60 credits at Hood = 6 credits of S/U
  • 3 years or 90 credits at Hood = 9 credits of S/U
  • 4 years or 120 credits at Hood = 12 credits of S/U

REMINDER: Students may not choose the S/U option for any course in the Core, in the major field, the minor field, or an independent study. (If a course is only offered for S/U credit, this policy does not apply.) Students may not change from letter grade to S/U grading after the drop/add period.

EXEMPTION/CREDIT BY EXAM—this includes CLEP, AP, DANTES, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE and Hood College departmental tests.

YOU MAY NOT EARN credits through any of the exams listed above during the last semester of your senior year (during the final 15 credit hours if a student is part-time), nor can the credit count in the minimum of 30 Hood credits required for a Hood degree, or in the 12 credits of coursework required at Hood for the major.

PORTFOLIO—You may earn a maximum of 30 Portfolio credits at Hood or transferred from another institution. YOU MAY NOT EARN credits through Portfolio during the last semester of the senior year, nor may these credits count in the minimum of 30 Hood credits required for a Hood degree or in the 12 credits of coursework required at Hood for the major.

TOTALS: Add all totals for S/U, Exemption/Credit by Exam, and Portfolio. The total for all may not exceed 30 credits.