Reading Courses

A reading course is a specially designed course not normally offered as part of the curriculum that is arranged between a student and a faculty member. The course is run as a tutorial and counts as a regular course. It may count as a departmental in your concentration but may not satisfy distribution requirements.

If you are interested in a particular topic or subject that complements your academic program, you should discuss your interest with a faculty member. If he or she is willing to direct your reading course, the two of you should design the course together. You should agree on the reading list, the assignments that will be due, the meeting time, how the course will be graded and whether or not it will count as a departmental.

In most respects, the requirements of a reading course are essentially the same as those of regularly scheduled courses. Both the amount of work and the amount of class meeting time should be similar to that of a regularly scheduled course; that means that you and the faculty member should plan to meet approximately three hours per week over the course of the semester.

You will need to complete the Reading Course Proposal form, which includes course information as well as signatures of the chair or departmental representative of the supervising professor's department. Once the paperwork is complete, you should schedule a brief meeting with the Dean Clayton Marsh for review and approval. Please contact the dean’s assistant to schedule this meeting. Please keep in mind that the reading course meeting, approval, and entry into the SCORE system must be completed before the deadline for adding/dropping courses in that term.

A reading course will appear on your transcript with the department code, a special 090-level course number and a descriptive transcript title.