The Directed Study allows Honors students to work individually with an OBU professor on a topic of the student’s choosing. Students select a topic for study that is not covered by a regular class. The student then asks a member of the OBU faculty to serve as director of the study. Generally, students should select a faculty member with an interest or expertise in the chosen topic. Together they design a study plan appropriate for one hour of credit.
Once a student writes their proposal, they turn it in to the Honors Director with a Directed Study cover sheet signed by the faculty mentor. Then, the student and faculty member both sign up for a 10-minute Q & A with the Honors Council, to clarify how the Directed Study will work.
Some students become so intrigued and interested in t
he topic of their directed study that they choose to follow up with more research and inquiry on the same subject for their senior thesis.
In one typed paragraph stapled to the back of the Directed Study Proposal Form: