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Numerous ways to study at Empire State College:
Guided independent study:
- Student plays a major role in designing the study, including framing the learning goals, the learning activities involved to achieve those goals, work to be submitted, and how the work will be evaluated
- student works one-on-one with the faculty member, meeting periodically either face-to-face or at a distance, whether by phone, e-mail, mail, or the Web.
- work together on a shared topic while continuing to engage in independent study
- meet either weekly or bi-weekly.
- students participate without physically attending class or traveling
- students log in to the course several times a week as outlined in course requirements
- student communicate with other students and the instructor on the Web and through email.
Thematic residencies typically last two or three days and draw students from across the state and beyond. Examples include: women’s studies, environmental studies and a fire service administration. Other residencies can be developed.
Cross-registration with regionally accredited institutions:
Take a course for academic credit at another institution, provided that it is regionally accredited.
Internships, field experiences, and practicums:
Students may incorporate internships and/or field experiences into their degree programs, including formal internship programs offered by local, state and national government, or by corporations, nonprofit institutions or colleges and universities.