A Directed Readings course allows students to work independently with a MALS professor, researching a topic of their choice. Professor Clasby will be the advisor for all Directed Readings in Literature. For any other topic, students must find a professor in that field that is willing to act as their advisor.

Only students with a 3.0 gpa or higher are able to enroll in a Directed readings course.

In order to register for the course students will need to submit a 2-3 page proposal along with a bibliography of at least 10 academic sources, at least 2 weeks prior to to start of the semester.

Once the Directed Readings is approved, students must complete a Course Request Forms, and return it to the MALS Office along with a signed copy of the agreement below.

MALS Directed Readings Guidelines & Requirement Understanding Form.


  • • Students must meet with their academic advisor at least twice during the semester: The first meeting must include a draft of the paper (1/3 of the work)
  • • The second meeting must include a revised draft of the paper (2/3 of the work)
  • • The paper must be a minimum of 15-20 pages, not including title page or bibliography.
  • • The paper must follow the MLA style format, and be in Times New Roman, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins, double spaced.
  • • Title page must include the following: name, C#, course number, semester, title of paper (please do not add larger text, graphics or color to the cover page).
  • • A bibliography of at least 10 academic sources must be submitted in addition to the research paper
  • • The completed paper must be submitted to the MALS office (hard copies only) on the last day of class for the semester in which the student is enrolled.


Students are allowed two directed readings courses during their studies in the Program (not during the same semester). Students may not register for a Directed Readings in their first semester of study.