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Directed Study Policy

A Directed Study is a course taught by one instructor to one student, with the Dean’s express administrative approval, when that course is either: (1) not scheduled to be offered in the semester during which the Directed Study takes place; or (2) not a course currently offered at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Holy Apostles College and Seminary may offer a Directed Study in two distinct circumstances:

  1. When a student needs a particular course for graduation, but that course is not being offered in the semester when the student must take it; or
  2. When a student has a particular interest in a topic that is not covered in a course already offered at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

The possibility of taking a Directed Study is contingent upon two factors: (1) the availability of a qualified instructor to teach the Directed Study; and (2) whether the Directed Study fits with the mission of Holy Apostles and the degree plan of the student requesting the Directed Study.

An on-campus student who desires to take a Directed Study must contact the Academic Dean. An online student who desires to take a Directed Study must contact the Associate Dean of Online Learning. The Academic Dean or the Associate Dean of Online Learning may sua sponte suggest to a student the possibility of taking a Directed Study.

The appropriate Dean will provide the student with a Directed Study Request Form. The student must fill out the Directed Study Request and then return it to the Dean. The Dean will consider the possibility of Directed Study in consultation with one or more instructors at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Then the Dean will inform the student whether the request for a Directed Study can be granted.

If Holy Apostles grants the student’s request for a Directed Study, then a course number and title will be assigned to the Directed Study and the student will be provided with instructions regarding how to register for the Directed Study.

The cost to the student for taking a Directed Study is the same cost as other three-credit courses at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

The general responsibilities of an instructor for a Directed Study are the same as the general responsibilities of an instructor for any other course offered at Holy Apostles. The requirements in terms of readings and assignments for a Directed Study are the equivalent of the requirements for a three-credit course.

Before the semester begins, the instructor, in consultation with the student, must prepare a complete syllabus for the course based upon a 14-week long semester. The student may propose course requirements. The instructor, however, retains final discretion regarding course requirements. The instructor will send the completed syllabus to the Academic Dean (for an on- campus student) or the Associate Dean of Online Learning (for an online student) for filing in the academic office.

The syllabus must clearly indicate the type and the length of all assignments required for the course. The syllabus also must indicate the manner in which the student and the instructor will communicate on a weekly basis. The syllabus must be sent to the appropriate Dean before the semester begins. The Dean may cancel a Directed Study if a satisfactory syllabus is not submitted in a timely manner.

A student may not take more than two Directed Studies toward the course-credit requirements of any one degree program at Holy Apostles.

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