We believe that traditional students learn best in regular
classroom settings where a group of students and a faculty member
engage in interactive dialogue. The classroom serves as a small
learning community that encourages students to expand their own
perspectives. This is particularly true in some courses, such as
the senior seminar or capstone course. In some cases, however, it
is appropriate to deliver a course as a directed study.
In these cases, the student will meet with the faculty member on
an individual basis, usually once a week, to complete the course
requirements. A request from a student for directed study is
approved by the School dean or the Center director only when
resources are available to accommodate the request.
Generally, students pursuing directed studies meet the
The University also offers another type of individual study,
which is an independent study. In an independent study, the student
pursues a subject under the direction of a faculty member using
such support materials as Internet courses, videotape, computer
disk, written text, or combinations thereof. On completion of the
prescribed work, the student reports to the faculty member and is
graded either on a paper, project or written examination.
Both types of courses are recorded by title followed by the
initials DS. Students using VA benefits or some other types of
financial aid may not receive full benefits or aid for courses with
a DS designation.