Independent Electives

How can I earn credit by practicing an activity that I love, receiving instruction from an expert, and reporting on my progress?

Why Take This Course?

Get credit for what you are already doing by enrolling in an Independent Electives course.

Get credit for what you are already doing by enrolling in an Independent Electives course.

Independent Courses allow you to earn academic credit for the extra-curricular activities you are already doing. Students often put in long hours practicing individual or team sports, musical instruments, martial arts, voice training, or vocational skills. If you are willing to log your time and meet certain requirements, you can receive credit for your work!

What are the Requirements and How Does It Work?

  • Register for an independent course in the area where you want to earn credit. (See list below.) You cannot receive credit for work completed before or after the semester in which you take the independent course.
  • Log 60 hours of practice/performance during the semester.
  • Complete 4 brief reports, one for every 15 hours of practice/performance.
  • Receive instruction at least four times from a person who is qualified as a professional in the field (high school coaches, construction contractors, martial arts instructors, piano teachers, etc.).
  • Submit your instructor’s contact information so we can contact him or her to confirm.

What Elective Courses Are Currently Offered?

Course CategorySpecific Course
ElectiveSewing, Cooking, Carpentry, Animal Husbandry, Construction, Work Credit (if you have a job where you are learning vocational skills), Business Management, Cultural Exchange (living in foreign nation), Modeling, Legislative Internship, Executive Internship, Judicial Internship, Lobbying Internship.
If you would like to add a course to this list, select Other when enrolling and we will follow up with you.


  • Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman), 10th (Sophomore), 11th (Junior), 12th (Senior)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: 4
  • Format: Self-paced
  • Credits: 0.5 per course, Pass/fail
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