An Independent Module allows a student to combine academics and a Trek credit into one unique project that fits the student's particular interests. Students will select a subject to study and then create their own personal itinerary to interact with and learn from over a set period of time. Typically, Independent Module are created with a focus on the Trek CULTURE credit.
Students must either interact with a living culture that is geographically isolated from the United States during a minimum period of 14 days in another country (travel time included) OR complete no fewer than 45 hours of interaction with a living group that is culturally isolated from mainstream U.S. society (gender, race, socioeconomic status, and religion are all good examples). In the past, students have chosen to study a variety of topics around the globe ranging from the 20th Anniversary of Unified Germany, to the Evolution of the Azerbaijani Education.
Independent Module Stipulations:
- The culture must be different from that of the student's background.
- The module must meet the 14 days or 45 hours requirement.
- The student must be examining a subject area with the support of both their academic advisor and Module faculty instructor.
Independent Modules can be completed at any time during the year, including school breaks and summer vacation. If a student intends to complete their module during a school break, it is important to note that the committee who reviews Independent Modules is comprised of faculty and staff, many of whom are not under contract during academic breaks. For this reason, students should plan on submitting their proposals at least three weeks prior to the start of a holiday or summer vacation. However, the Independent Module must be approved by the Academic Policy Committee before applying for CULTURE credit to be attached, therefore students should begin the entire process long before the deadline.