Independent Study/Special Topics
A student is allowed to take up to five credit hours towards independent
study and special projects under the supervision of
a department faculty member. These five hours also
include any possible internship credits. If you have
not completed your maximum of five credit hours of
independent study or special projects, you are eligible to register
for one or more independent study courses.
You must do the following before you can register for an independent study:
- Find a faculty member who will be willing to be your guide in the
independent study project. You and the faculty member should agree
on the scope and deliverables for the independent
- Write a proposal for the independent study/special
project. The proposal must contain the objective
of the study, reference material to be used, assignment
and activities to be completed, timeline and deliverables.
Evaluation criteria must also be spelled out.
- Fill out the Special
Projects/Independent Study Approval form. Complete the
form, and get it approved by the faculty member guiding
- Submit the form to the department office for approval. Do not forget
to attach your proposal. Department approvals are
usually completed within a day. Once your proposal is approved,
your name will be added to the permission list enabling
you to register for the course.
- Complete the project
and request your guide to send a grade to the department
If you are considering registering for an internship, you must do the following before you can register:
- Have an offer letter from a company or organization showing the scope
of the work to be completed. You can (and should) register
with Career Services since they maintain a database of
prospective employers looking for interns and new
recruits. You should also consult the bulletin board near the MLR department
office where employer requests are posted as received.
- In order to be eligible for internships, you must have
completed at least 20 hours of course work from your
MLR program, not including any preparatory courses.
You must also be in good academic standing. Undergraduate students
should consult an advisor.
- Complete FORM A
and FORM C
and submit those to the department office at the start of the internship
along with a copy of your offer letter. Once Form
C is approved, you will be given permission to register for the internship
- Complete FORM B
and return the form to the department office at the conclusion
of the internship along with a short report detailing
the experience gained and the skills acquired. This
form must be submitted in time to receive a grade
for the internship course. Please note that hours
used for an internship counts towards the five credit
hour limit described under Independent Study and
For More Information
Please contact the Department of Management
and Labor Relations for more information by phone,
(216) 687-4754; fax, (216) 687-4708.