What is the maximum number of directed study courses a student can use toward fulfill major requirements?
The College of Letters & Science departments and programs have the discretion to establish requirements related to the extent to which Directed Study experiences "count" in the academic programs for which they are responsible. In other words, L&S departments/program have the authority to limit the number of directed study/independent study credits students can count toward completion of major/program requirements. Departments/majors may also define limits based on level of directed study courses taken or on the number of directed study courses that may be repeated with one instructor.
The following section gives information to L&S departments and L&S undergraduate students regarding the use of directed study courses and fulfilling major requirements.
- Since L&S does not allow directed study courses to meet general requirements (e.g., breadth, foreign language, GER, etc.), it can be assumed that L&S does not endorse using directed study courses to meet major requirements except for elective coursework.
- L&S departments/programs have the authority to set limits on the level and amount of directed study that may be used to meet major requirements.
- Directed study courses should not be used to substitute for group instruction courses that meet other requirements (e.g., allowing a student's individual research experience to substitute for a more comprehensive course in research methods required by a department)