My liberal arts college does not offer many courses that are considered required by many CS PhD programs.
Our college offers an independent study option where I can propose the topic I want to study and study it kind of one-on-one with a faculty member or with one other student. How are graduate schools gonna look at courses completed in this way? Are they gonna show less credibility towards them by thinking "Well.. it wasn't a regular course, it's not too important..." or are they gonna treat independent study in the same fashion as regular courses.
In other words, does it hurt/help PhD admissions in any way? I have taken two independent study courses already. Should I do another one, in say, "Programming Languages" (which is considered required by many programs) or should I just take another regular Math course (Statistical Computing in R) that is not a req. course by grad schools but can be considered as a potential CS elective
Edit: Independent Study classes do carry a grade.They are NOT P/F classes