Trinity College Independent Studies Programme

The Trinity College Independent Studies Program is open to students of all colleges. Only full-time students are eligible to apply. The program allows you to undertake extensive research into a topic that interests you, and is an especially suitable way of doing interdisciplinary work on subjects that are not directly part of the present university curriculum.

Participation in the program is restricted to students who have completed at least 10 courses (FCEs). The maximum number of independent studies half courses for which a student may receive credit is one, and the maximum number of independent studies full course equivalents for which a student may receive credit is two. Normally the work done is to be the equivalent of two full courses. Permission to register in an independent studies half course, or in an independent studies full course, will normally be granted only to students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50. Permission to undertake an independent studies project for the equivalent of two full courses will normally be granted only to students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.70. Your proposal must also be approved by your supervisor and accepted by the director of the program, Dr. Julie Gilmour (julie.gilmour@utoronto.ca)

Course numbers are as follows: Students enrolling for the first time register for one or more of TRN300H1, 301Y1, 302Y1, or for one or more of TRN400H1, 404Y1, 405Y1, as appropriate. Those enrolling for a second time register in one or more of TRN400H1, 404Y1 and 405Y1, as appropriate. Enrolment in third year TRN independent studies courses is not a prerequisite for choosing fourth year TRN independent studies courses but students who initially enrol in fourth year TRN independent studies courses may not enrol in third year TRN independent studies courses in subsequent years.

Students are enrolled in TRN independent studies courses by the Dean of Arts’ office at Trinity College. Students should complete the enrolment approval process in enough time to be enrolled no later than the end of the first week of classes in the relevant term.

Please note that a TRN independent studies course is not a "directed reading" course. Work done is usually the equivalent of two full courses. A two-credit independent study would normally involve writing a mini-thesis of approximately 80 pages. Work in certain disciplines, such as the sciences, might involve other forms of evaluation

Students are asked to file a progress report with the director of the program no later than a week before the last date for dropping the course. All work must be submitted on or before the last day of classes. The supervisor and second reader will then arrive at a grade.  A copy of the final essay or report must be handed in to the Director, Dr. Julie F. Gilmour, Munk Centre Room: 312N or by email: julie.gilmour@utoronto.ca.

Students are asked to file a progress report with the director of the program no later than a week before the last date for dropping the course. All other work must be submitted on or before the last day of classes. The supervisor and second reader will then arrive at a grade. A copy of the final essay or report must be handed in to the Dean of Arts’ office at Trinity College, Room 300, Gerald Larkin Building or to the director, Dr. Julie Gilmour, Room 312 North, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place.

Final marks are due on the same day as final marks for University of Toronto courses without final exams - usually seven (7) business days after the last day of classes.

Applying for the Program

You might wish to contact the director (julie.gilmour@utoronto.ca) about your eligibility for the program, and for more information

You will need a supervisor and a second reader. Either the supervisor or the second reader must be a tenured University of Toronto faculty member. A supervisor who is not a tenured University of Toronto faculty member will normally be required to be a full-time faculty member of the University. The second reader must be nominated by the supervisor and approved by the director before the term in which you begin your independent study project. The second reader is not responsible for guidance or consultation. The role of the second reader is to grade your work. (Your supervisor will also grade your work.)

Whether the credit you receive will be allowed to count towards your major or specialist program will depend on your primary Department. Trinity College does not get involved in that process. Please check with your Department and your College Registrar before submitting the required enrolment materials (listed below). Since the task of finding a supervisor can be time-consuming, you should start the process early.

In order to be considered for enrolment, you must submit the following items to the Dean of Arts’ office at Trinity College (Room 300, Gerald Larkin Building) or to the director, Dr. Julie Gilmour, Room 312 North, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place:
 

  1. your academic transcript
  2. an outline (normally several pages) of your proposed topic, signed by the supervisor
  3. a suggested bibliography
  4. the suggested evaluation scheme showing the weight of each item of work, signed by the supervisor; at least one item of work (worth at least 10% of the total course mark for H courses, and at least 20% for Y courses) must be submitted, graded and returned to you by the last date for dropping the course without academic penalty.
  5. the registration form.

Feel free to contact the director (julie.gilmour@utoronto.ca) for information and help.

If you move during the academic year, please inform the director of your new address/phone number.

See also the University of Toronto Calendar.