An Independent Study gives a student the opportunity to work on original research, one-on-one with a faculty member in the Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS) Department, for the duration of a semester.  Throughout the semester, the student meets with the faculty member, develops a research topic, completes a research paper and presents his or her findings to the faculty member.

Students can also work with a CCJS faculty member on a faculty-led research project.  Students can search for open research projects by contacting CCJS faculty directly or using the 
Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research database.


Students arrange an Independent Study directly with a CCJS faculty member.  Once the Independent Study has been arranged and prior to the semester beginning, the student must complete the Independent Study Contract with the CCJS faculty member and submit the contract to CCJS Advising for approval.