In rare cases when circumstances prohibit a student from taking the scheduled, in-person section of a course, a student may seek approval for a directed study from the Dean of Academics. Before seeking such approval, the student should discuss the matter with his or her academic advisor to decide whether another course of action would be better. A student must also finish all core requirements before requesting a directed study, and he or she must have no incompletes on their record.
If the academic advisor decides that a directed study is the best course of action, the student must then confirm the willingness and availability of the appropriate professor and then fill out the Directed Study Form for the professor’s and Dean’s official approval. All directed study requests must be submitted no later than 30 days before the start of the semester. Any requests submitted after this date will not be accepted. A decision will be provided two weeks prior to the start of classes.
Directed studies must meet at least eight times per semester, have regular required readings, and have either 4 short reaction papers or one 15-20 page research paper.