Directed Readings Courses


A directed readings course is essentially a one-on-one independent study at the graduate level, which the student arranges individually with a professor if the topic is not already covered in regularly offered courses. The 300-level courses available are listed in the online Brandeis Bulletin. (If a particular topic is not already listed in the 300-level readings courses, an instructor may request that the Registrar create a new number for the new topic.) Several students may arrange for a directed readings course together, if appropriate.  

The student should contact the instructor or advisor in the relevant field to discuss options, and arrange periodic meetings at mutually agreed-upon times. The curriculum (reading list) may be assembled collaboratively. Enrollment is done via an "add-drop form" (on the Registrar's website), which requires the instructor's signature, and is then brought to the Registrar in person. In addition, both student and instructor complete an in-house contract/agreement detailing the purpose of the course and the material to be covered.