Directed Reading

Guidelines for Designing, Proposing, and Enrolling in a Directed Reading 
CCSRE | Updated January 2023

Students may register for directed reading units under the supervision of a CCSRE affiliated faculty member. Like any other class, an independent study has an instructor and a course number. Unlike other classes, however, an independent study is “independent” because the student and faculty advisor co-design the topic, course materials, and course expectations.

Proposals for Directed Readings in CSRE, ASIANAMST, CHILATST, NATIVEAM, or JEWISHST should be written in collaboration with the advising faculty member. Proposals must be submitted to CCSRE by week 8 of the quarter preceding the proposed Directed Reading. The CCSRE Academic Programs team will review proposals and notify students and faculty advisors of the status of the proposal by Week 10.

Proposal instructions

Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length and must include:

  1. A narrative of how the Directed Reading fits into the student’s academic trajectory in CSRE
  2. A description of how the Directed Reading fills a crucial gap in Stanford’s curricular offerings
  3. Desired unit count, and an articulation of why the unit count is appropriate (note that each unit of credit must represent 3 hours of work weekly)
  4. A schedule of readings
  5. A schedule of synchronous meetings with the faculty advisor (note that students and faculty members must plan to meet synchronously at least biweekly and must check in at least weekly)
  6. A description of how the faculty advisor will assess student learning, including any pertinent assignments and due dates
  7. the process (if any) for revising the reading or assignment schedule over the course of the quarter. 

Any revisions to the proposed schedule must be signed by both advisor and student and then submitted to CSRE in a timely manner. 

Proposals should be produced collaboratively by the student and faculty advisor and must be reviewed and signed by both parties before the submission deadline.