Program Curriculum

Directed Research


Directed Research provides the opportunity to develop and conduct largely self-designed research projects under the supervision of faculty. The course designated for Directed Research in Cultural Studies is BCULST 598.

The following standards will apply to all Directed Research enrollment:

  • Student must demonstrate adequate preparation, as evidenced by grades and/or previous coursework in the area of proposed research.
  • It is expected that the student will anticipate 3 hours per week of research per credit. Given this formula, a 5-credit course will involve 15 hours (3 x 5 hours) of outside research per week, in addition to scheduled meetings with the instructor.
  • Students may earn up to 15 credits of BCULST 598 during the Cultural Studies program.

Students should discuss plans for Directed Research with the faculty member who will supervise the project as well as their Portfolio Advisor.  They must submit then a Petition for Directed Research to request faculty approval. The IAS Graduate Office staff will direct the petition to appropriate faculty for approval, and then provide the student with the professor's faculty code.

Submit a Petition for Directed Research (UWNetID and login required)