PSYC 3899 (Independent Study)

PSYC 3899 (Independent Study) is an independent study course in which students complete a research project with a faculty sponsor. PSYC 3899 is often taken after one or more semesters of PSYC 3889 (Undergraduate Research) and is a prerequisite for Honors course PSYC 4197W (Senior Thesis in Psychology).

Finding Opportunities

The method for finding a PSYC 3899 (Independent Study) opportunity is similar to the process for finding a PSYC 3889 (Undergraduate Research) position. You should approach suitable faculty with a research idea or possible research project prior to the beginning of the semester you wish to complete the course. A suitable faculty may be one:

  • With which you completed a PSYC 3889 (Undergraduate Research) experience.
  • Familiar with your interests and abilities from previous coursework.
  • Conducting research related to your research idea.


Students wishing to register for PSYC 3899 should contact their instructor for more information. While permission numbers can be used for enrollment, using the Research Form (i.e., Independent Study Authorization) is more common due to the desired addition of the title. If using the form, be sure to fill it out completely and obtain your Instructor’s signature. Submit the form to the Undergraduate Program Office for the Advisor’s and Associate Department Head’s signatures and final processing. Forms are due by the end of the 4th week of the classes during the regular academic year and by the end of the add/drop period for summer courses.