Special Courses

Topics Courses

Any academic department may offer special topics courses on a one-time basis. Credits may vary from one to three hours. Course numbers used are 195 (fall), 197 (spring), and 198 (summer) for first-year participants and 295 (fall), 297 (spring), and 298 (summer) for second-year participants.

Directed Study

A student may arrange to take a course in the catalog during a term in which it is not offered. The student and instructor must write a study contract to be approved by the vice president of Academics before the drop/add period ends for the term in which credit is to be granted. The student is registered for the course when the approved contract is submitted to the registrar. Directed Study guideline forms may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

Independent Study

A student may wish to pursue topics not covered by existing courses. To qualify for an independent study, the student must have completed at least one semester at Hesston College and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The student and sponsoring instructor must write a study contract, to be approved by the vice president of Academics before the drop/add period ends at the beginning of the term in which credit is to be granted. The student may earn from one to three hours of credit. The student is registered for the course when the approved contract is submitted to the registrar. Independent Study guideline forms may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Extra fee.

Field Experience

A field experience consists of observation and guided participation and is offered for credit or as a part of a credit-bearing course. Placements are made and monitored by a college instructor. One or more prerequisistes may be necessary.

Cooperative Education

A student may choose to earn credit for a planned and supervised work experience. To qualify, the student must have completed one semester at Hesston College and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better. Specific assignments to be completed as a part of the experience are designed by the student, the employer and a faculty member and written into a contract. The study may carry from one to three hours of credit. The ratio of work hours to credit hours is 60:1 or greater. A student is registered for the course when the contract is submitted to the registrar.

Catalog 2014-15