Praxis Independent Study (PIS) offers students an opportunity to take a course uniquely tailored to their own academic, career and civic interests. PIS places fieldwork at the center of a supervised learning experience and students work 8-10 hours a week throughout the semester at their fieldsite.
The fieldwork for Praxis Independent Study consists of 8-10 hours per week for 12 weeks and constitutes 75% of the work for the course. Typically, students complete two, 4-to-5 hour visits per week. Fieldwork is supported by appropriate readings and regular meetings with a faculty member who must agree in advance to supervise the project. Students typically meet with their faculty advisor once every two weeks.
Students receive additional support from the Praxis staff, who conduct reflection sessions for each semester’s Praxis cohort, visit each student’s field site once a semester to meet with the student and the field supervisor, and coordinate the end of semester Praxis Poster Session.
Praxis Independent Study is an option for sophomore and higher-level students who are in good academic standing. Students are eligible to take up to two Praxis Independent Study courses during their time at Bryn Mawr.
Advance planning is required for students wanting to develop a Praxis Independent Study course. At least one semester ahead of time students should attend a Praxis Independent Study Information Session, held once a month during the academic year and utilize the Praxis Independent Study tutorial materials. They should also discuss their plans with their Major Advisors as well as their Deans and then submit a brief Praxis Proposal by the time of pre-registration for the semester they plan to take the course.
Advising and Supervision
Praxis staff members will then provide guidance to the students in setting up their courses, a process that includes finding a faculty member who agrees to advise their course and a field supervisor at an organization that agrees to host their field experience.
Before the start of the semester, they will work with their faculty advisor and field supervisor to develop a learning plan that outlines the learning objectives and curriculum for their course.