What is a directed study?
A directed study is either a one or two-term project in which you (a student) are 'directed' by faculty to complete the project. You are expected to be quite self-motivated and a fair bit of initiative must be taken on by you. As a result, coming with some ideas of what to pursue is required.
There are some things that don't work as directed studies, so please avoid the following:
- projects very similar to an existing course
- a study without a research component
- purely technical knowledge development (i.e. getting better at Photoshop)
- very low-level theory
The application process
3 months before the term starts, email Andrew to confirm interest and availability. Please provide a copy of your unofficial transcript for review.
2 months before, an initial draft of the directed studies form is due. Reviewing and revising a proposal commences.
1 month before, the directed studies form revisions should be completed. Both student and faculty sign the form, and the faculty member submits it to the department.
For 2019, I will be unavailable for directed studies due to my sabbatical.
For Spring 2020, I have one slot available.