How to Enroll in Special Studies Classes (Undergraduates)
Find out how to enroll in Special Studies classes 97-99 and 197-199. Special Studies Classes help you learn about subjects not taught in regular classes. You can also engage in field, lab, and library research.
Note: The official university deadline to add classes is Friday of Week 2. Requests to add classes after Week 2 are only considered under extraordinary circumstances and require a petition, appropriate documentation, and approval from the academic department, college, and the Committee of Educational Policy.
Find out if you are eligible for Special Studies classes.
- If you have completed between 30 and 90 units:
- You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
- If you have completed more than 90 units:
- You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
Read the Academic Senate policy on Special Studies classes.
Plan your class.
- Meet with the advisor in the department with which you want to do a Special Studies project. Discuss:
- Which faculty instructor is doing research in your field
- How you can make an appointment to meet that instructor
- Meet with your potential instructor to design a project that fits your academic plan. Discuss:
- The nature of the project
- How often you will meet
- Your knowledge of the subject
- How you will be evaluated
Complete the application.
- If you have between 30 and 90 units:
- If you have more than 90 units:
- Fill out the appropriate sections of the application.
- Include your project plan and prerequisite knowledge.
Obtain the necessary approvals.
Note: See your college for exceptions and provost approval.
- Have your instructor sign the form.
- Get a department stamp from the sponsoring department.
- Check the Special Studies form you downloaded in step 3 and the Academic Senate Regulations to see if the approval of the provost is needed to enroll. If it is, obtain the provost's approval.
Submit your signed and stamped application.
- Keep a signed copy for your records.
- Hand deliver the application to:
Registrar's Office, 2nd floor, Student Services Center (map)
Confirm that you have been enrolled in the class.
- Check your Weekly Planner inside the Classes and Wait List tool on TritonLink to confirm your enrollment.
If you have questions,
please contact the appropriate resource: