Directed individual study
Directed individual study (DIS) is a college, university or college preparatory school level class providing a more in-depth and comprehensive study of a specific topic than is available in the classroom.
Courses may be taken as electives. In some cases, a directed individual study may be:
- a professor-student rendition of a course that will not be offered again before a student graduates
- the college or university department does not have an established course on the subject area
- the student wishes to research an available course in more depth
- a course offered at another college or university that is not a part of the general curriculum.
- courses that may be applied to satisfy the requirements for a Master's degree.
In general, a student should have or may have to acquire:
- an earned overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or better
- an earned 90 hours toward graduation
- have registered for a course load of no more than 15 semester hours
- the advance approval of the department head of the department offering the course, and the instructor
- follow an approved course of study of prerequisite or courses.
A student identifies an area in which he or she wishes to undertake research and approaches a faculty member with expertise in that field to request a directed individual study.
The student and instructor complete a DIS form and submit it to the academic coordinator who establishes the course in the registration system. The student often titles his/her own subject area.
The content and requirements of the course are worked out between each instructor and student. Generally, students should not expect a faculty member to agree to a directed individual study unless they have had the student in a regular class and are familiar with that student. The faculty member develops a related syllabus, for review and approval by the department chair and in some cases the dean of the college.
- University of Missouri-Kansas City, Doctor of Pharmacy
- Washington and Lee University, Department of Accounting
- University of Alabama, Department of Consumer Sciences
- Florida State University, Department of Political Science
- Denison University Registrar's Office. Requirements for Directed/Independent Study
- University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Communications
- Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School Curriculum Guide. (See page 4 for directed study information.)