Independent Language Study & Research

In consultation with a faculty member, a student or students should craft a 2MC proposal outlining the nature of the project and the work s/he intends to finish during the semester. This option is intended for an individual or small group of students – ordinarily 1-2 students– who would like to work with texts and other materials in a language other than English. Faculty can recommend projects to students, but the proposal as such should come from the students. Students should clearly articulate the goals of their project and what they aim to achieve by the end of the semester.

Kindly read the following conditions carefully before submitting your Registration Form. With effect from Semester 2, AY2017/2018:

  1.  A student is allowed to read up to a maximum of two Independent Language Study and Research (ILSR) modules in a semester.
  2. A student may read up to a maximum of 7MC from IRR, ILSR and/or SPS throughout the student’s undergraduate career. If you have exceeded this limit, you are required to obtain the support of the Head of Studies of your major/minor and make an appeal to the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS) via your Vice Rector.
  3. A student may count up to a maximum of 5MC from IRR, ILSR and/or SPS towards the major or independent minor with prior approval from Head of Studies (Major) or Coordinator (Independent Minor).
  4. A student may count up to a maximum of 2MC from IRR and/or ILSR towards the requirements for a minor with prior approval from the Head of Studies or Advisor (Minor).
  5. In extremely rare circumstances, an exception to the maximum above may be approved by the Chair of the Curriculum Committee following the relevant Divisional Director’s endorsement.
  6. By default, IRR, ILSR and/or SPS are graded Completed Satisfactory (CS) or Completed Unsatisfactory (CU). However, if you wish to count the Independent Study module to a Major or Minor, the Independent Study module will be registered as Letter Graded.
  7. Requests to retroactively count such modules taken before Semester 2, Academic Year 2017/2018 toward a major will not be approved.

You can download the ILSR form here.

Some Yale-NUS faculty members* who can work with students in particular languages include:

Faculty Member Language
Amber Carpenter Sanskrit
Scott Cook Chinese, Classical Chinese
Gavin Flood Sanskrit
Steven Green Latin, Ancient Greek
Malcolm Keating Sanskrit
Eduardo Lage-Otero Spanish
Mira Seo Latin, Ancient Greek

* Note: Faculty do not receive teaching credit for this work and may not always be available to undertake a 2MC ILSR.