Fieldwork courses are approved experiences by individual academic departments to enable students to enrich their academic program with applied work in their field of study. Independent study requires a student to pursue in depth a particular area of interest not covered in the regular curriculum. Both fieldwork and independent study projects require the written approval of the faculty sponsor, the departmental chair, and the dean of the appropriate college or school. Each college or school issues its own guidelines and the student should obtain these guidelines from the appropriate dean’s office.