Special Courses, Programs and Educational Opportunities

Special Problems Courses. 1-5 semester hours. Offered by most departments and numbered 260, 360, or 460 depending on the level of study expected, Special Problems courses consist of a program of independent study or research on a topic of special interest to an individual student. Each course is designed to study topics either not covered or treated only briefly in other courses in the curriculum. A written course proposal or abstract adequately describing the project must be prepared by the student and approved by the supervising instructor, the regional site coordinator, and the academic advisor, prior to the regular period for registration. Special Problems may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Written approval by those named above.

Special Topics Courses. 1-5 Hours. Offered by most departments and numbered 190, 290, 390, or 490 depending on the level of study expected, Special Topics courses will be offered from time to time on topics of importance in the discipline, which are not covered, or treated only briefly, in other courses in the curriculum. It may cover topics of special interest to an instructor and a particular group of students, or it may be an experimental course being considered for addition to the curriculum. Special Topics may be repeated for credit for different topics. (After two course offerings on the same topic, departments will request that the course be added to the curriculum.) Prerequisites: Those specified by the instructor in the course schedule.

Internships and Field Experiences are available in most departments with varying hours of credit depending on the design of the learning experience. They are all numbered as either 268, 368, or 468. Each internship is individually arranged by the student, a supervising instructor who assigns the final grade, and a supervisor/instructor on the site of the internship experience. Students complete a separate registration form describing the learning experience. This form must be signed and approved by the student, supervising instructor, regional site coordinator, and Dean of the University prior to registration for the Internship course.

NOTE: No current CMU student shall supervise another CMU student as part of any CMU course. This specifically includes all practicum, internship, and student-teaching experiences or related courses. Students should consult the appropriate advisor if they have any questions regarding their assignment for the aforementioned experiences.

Study Abroad

Students wishing to study abroad for credit should consult Dr. Barb Anderson, Associate Dean, for assistance in selecting a program. Generally, students should begin planning study abroad at least one year prior to leaving the country for studies. Before studying abroad, students must consult with Dr. Anderson and with the Office of the Registrar to determine whether the students' planned courses will transfer to CMU for credit.