The College encourages qualified students to pursue advanced individual study. The following plans supplement the regular course offerings and are available to students upon recommendation by their advisers.

Honors Study

If you have a deep interest and the motivation in your field of study, and you meet the standards set by the College and your major department, you have the opportunity to do honors study, an in-depth research project in close coordination with a faculty member. Learn more about the requirements for honors study.

Individual Study

Courses of individual study are available to qualified students, subject to the availability of staff time for supervision. The proposal for study must be approved by the instructor supervising the project and by the department or interdisciplinary program in which the project is to be conducted.


Many departments offer seminars in which students may have the opportunity to work independently on different aspects of their major field or area of interdisciplinary study and to discuss the results of their research. Consult the college catalog by major or minor for more information.

Postgraduate Study and Admission to Professional Schools

Some students plan to apply to graduate or professional schools. After assisting students with the process of identifying their advanced degree goals, career advisers refer these students to the College's pre-professional and graduate school advisers, and to discipline-specific faculty advisers.

A student who plans to undertake graduate study should examine specific requirements of particular graduate programs as early in the undergraduate years as possible. Attention is directed to the foreign language requirements of the graduate schools. The choice of languages and the degree of competence expected vary with both the major subject and the graduate school. Early consultation with the major adviser is strongly recommended.

Students intending to prepare for postgraduate entrance into law, business or medical school are urged to seek the advice of Connecticut College pre-law, pre-business or pre-health advisers early in the first year.

Graduate and professional school guides and test registration booklets are available in the Hale Center for Career Development. Information on medical and dental school admission tests are also available from the pre-health adviser. At the career fair held each fall, representatives from graduate programs staff tables and provide exhibits and literature about their institutions.