Directed study, directed readings, and directed research courses are opportunities for students to work individually with a faculty member and to earn credit for individually designed content.
- Departments, colleges and campuses who wish to offer these types of courses must specify:
- the levels for these directed courses within their curricula;
- the criteria for registration for these courses; and
- the criteria that are used to determine who is eligible to teach these courses.
- Colleges and campuses must establish and publish procedures for registration in directed study, directed research, and directed readings courses.
- The instructor of a course and the student must have a written contract in place that specifies the student’s responsibilities for the courses and the name of the instructor who is responsible for turning in the student’s grade for the course, as part of the enrollment in the course. Instructors must provide a copy of the contract to the academic department in which the registration for the course occurs.
- These courses do not require a syllabus.
- The instructor must set the number of credits for these courses in accordance with the provisions of Administrative Policy: Expected Student Academic Work per Credit: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester so that the academic workload requirements are in conformance (generally 3 hours of work per week per credit for undergraduate students and more than that for graduate and professional students).
- Programs may limit the number of directed study, directed readings, and directed studies courses a student may take per term.
This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.
Reason for Policy
Uniformity of expectations across directed study, readings and research opportunities is in the best interest of students, faculty and staff.