Tailor your degree to your specific career goals
Specialize your degree from others in your Major
Explore topics of future professional interest
Bridge content and skills to a Masterís degree
A course in whatever you want to learn and explore within your major
How it Works
You contact a professor you want to work with and tell them what you are interested in exploring in more detail. Some students will test a thesis they might want to explore in grad school, some students choose something particular to be more marketable for a specific future job they have mind, some explore curiosities and connections they have discovered in their learning.
You and the professor discuss what you want to learn, negotiating your reading, assignments, and assessments, before the professor completes the Directed Studies form, available from the Dean's Office.
You donít register for these classes in LORIS. The process involves filling out the Directed Studies form, choosing a professor with which to work, preparing an outline, getting approvals, and finally dropping it off at the Deanís Office before we have it added to your registrations. This all must be done before the Add/Drop deadline of the semester in which you want to do the Directed Studies, so plan ahead.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples from past years
Wrongful Convictions and the Human Rights Ethics of Jailhouse Informant Testimony
Criminal Psychopathology and the Justice System
Medical Marijuana Policy and Social Justice in Canada: A Critical Evaluation
Literacy Journalism: Exploring the traditions and controversy in creative non-fiction and memoirs
Organizational Culture of the Film Industries in Germany and Canada
Maple Syrup Production and Climate Change
Sustainability and Local Food Systems
Psychology and Beauty in the Classroom
Topics in Media and the Law
Healthy Body Weights and Student Lifestyle Differences
Social Science Evidence and Wrongful Convictions
Not a Fly in Every Child's Eye: An Unearthing of Kenyan Truths