English course:

University credit, 8 assignments, 1 exam, $780 tuition, $75 administration fee, Prerequisites: none. This is course U350-249.


"Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through-and very good lists they were-very well chosen, and very neatly arranged-sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes by some other rule. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience."—Mr. Knightley in Jane Austen's Emma

Do you resemble Jane Austen's Emma, making lists of books you plan to read but never actually getting around to reading them? If so, consider taking The Courage to Write: Women Novelists of the Nineteenth Century. This correspondence course asks you to read and write about eight novels: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; George Sand's Marianne; Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre; Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin; Harriet Wilson's Our Nig; Louisa May Alcott's Little Women; and Kate Chopin's The Awakening.

This course is available for college credit. To earn 3 college credits, you need to complete not only the eight papers but also a two-hour final exam taken in a location near you.

All students have a year to complete the course and all will receive comments from Professor Auerbach on their written work.

To receive a free catalog listing ALL courses offered through the University of Wisconsin-Extension Independent Learning Program, call 1-800-442-6460. You can also view their catalog online at http://il.wisconsin.edu. (For The Courage to Write course, see "English": the college credit course is English U350-249)

After you receive your catalog, call Professor Auerbach at 608-262-3733 if you have any questions about the content of the courses or email her at emily.auerbach@wisc.edu. Perhaps Mr. Knightley should have suggested independent study to Emma as a way to quit "meaning to read" and begin engaging in a "course of steady reading"!

Learn more about your instructor, Emily Auerbach


Transfer Credit

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If you are planning to use an Independent Learning course to satisfy the requirements of a particular program of study, you should check with that program's office for guidance.

For information on transferring credit to an institution outside the UW system, consult the registrar of that institution.


About Independent Learning

The Independent Learning program at the University of Wisconsin offers self-paced courses in a wide variety of subject areas. You can start any course at any time, and take up to a year to complete each course. Many students find that our courses are accepted as transfer credits to satisfy degree requirements either at the University of Wisconsin or at other institutions.
FAQs: See Frequently Asked Questions about Independent Learning courses.

Costs: The cost of each independent learning course is determined, on a per-credit basis, by the University of Wisconsin System. The cost for university courses is $310 per credit hour, plus a $75.00 administrative fee per course. Full-time students at UW campuses may be eligible for tuition remission. For more information, contact Student Services at 1-877-UW-LEARN (1-877-895-3276).

Handbook: The Student Handbook (PDF) has more information about Independent Learning.

Other Courses: For a complete list of Independent Learning Courses in other areas, see the Independent Learning Course Catalog.



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