Directed Reading

Directed Reading (PSY 1902) is intended for students wishing to study an area not covered by or regularly offered in an existing course. Students may use 3 credits of PSY 1902 to fulfill one of the degree course requirements. A maximum of 12 credits of PSY 1900,  1902, and 1903 combined may be applied toward the B.S. degree, with a maximum of 9 credits under one course number.  Review this chart for PSY 1900/1903 prerequisites.

Please talk to your advisor to determine which requirement this may fulfill for 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 »
Read the link to pursue a directed reading opportunity. 

There is a 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

  • You 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. You and the instructor must complete a Learning Agreement.
  • Make two copies of the signed Learning Agreement and bring them along with the original to the Psychology Advising Office to be processed either during drop-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.
  • You will meet with the instructor at least once a week to discuss the readings. It is recommended that you prepare written notes and comments on the readings each week.
  • By the last week of classes, you will submit to the faculty sponsor a final reading list with notes on the readings and any papers written.
  • The instructor reports the grade during exam week.