Special Courses – Applicable to all Departments

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 and 295.

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 course number used will be 250. 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.

Individualized Experiential Learning

A student may choose to earn credit for a planned and supervised individualized experiential learning opportunity. This may include field experiences, internships or cooperative education opportunities. To qualify, the student must have completed one semester at Hesston College and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better. Specific assignments to be completed as a part of the experience are designed by the student, the employer and a faculty member, written into a contract/syllabus, and submitted to and approved by the registrar before the beginning of the experience. The study may carry from one to three hours of credit. The ratio of work hours to credit hours is 60:1 or greater. Course number used is 285.

Catalog 2020-21