Directed Reading

Directed Reading (PSY 1902) is intended for students who wish to study an area of psychology that is not covered by an existing course, or the subject of a course that is not regularly offered. Students may use 3 credits of PSY 1902 to fulfill one of the psychology degree course requirements. Please talk to your advisor to determine which requirement this may fulfill in regard to your own degree progress. PSY 1902 is taken for a letter grade.

Guidelines for PSY 1902 Directed Reading
Guidelines for prerequisites, credit hours, registration, and responsibilities.

Directed Reading Learning Agreement

Form to be completed, signed by your faculty member and processed in the Advising Office before the end of add/drop for the term. This is required before you will be able to register for the course. All University registration deadlines apply to PSY 1902.


  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of relevant coursework based on topic
  • Permission of faculty sponsor

Credit Options

Credits are determined by the number of hours spent and should be discussed with the faculty sponsor.

  •     1 credit = 55 hours
  •     2 credits = 85 hours
  •     3 credits = 120 hours

Registering for PSY 1902

  • The student must approach an instructor who is an expert in the area of interest. If the instructor agrees to direct the reading course, a topic, tentative reading list, and grading system are agreed to. The student and instructor must complete a Learning Agreement.
  • Make two copies of the signed Learning Agreement and bring it to the Psychology Advising Office to be processed either during walk-in hours, or by appointment. One copy of the learning agreement will be for your records, one for the faculty member and the original will remain in the Psychology Advising Office. The permission code for self-enrollment will then be provided.
  • The student meets with the instructor at least once a week to discuss the readings. It is recommended that the student prepare written notes and comments on the readings each week.
  • By the last week of classes, the student submits to the faculty sponsor a final reading list with notes on the readings and any papers written to the instructor.
  • The instructor reports the grade to the Psychology Advising Office during exam week.