Independent Reading Projects

With the approval of the associate director and an appropriate member of the faculty, qualified students may undertake an Independent Reading Project (IRP), to be carried out during the academic year and brought to completion, in consultation with a Bread Loaf faculty member, the following summer.

The IRP serves as the equivalent of a one-unit Bread Loaf course and involves comparable reading, research, and writing; the project culminates in a critical essay or creative portfolio of approximately 8,000 words, submitted in mid March of the research year.

Students build the IRP from work done in a Bread Loaf course in which they have received an A- or higher, or they may draw on professional field work done in conjunction with the Bread Loaf Teacher Network; proposals are due at the end of the summer session before the research year. IRPs may be taken as part of the M.A. and M.Litt. degree and may fulfill group or field requirements. A tuition fee of half the standard two-course load is charged for each reading project during the summer in which the IRP is completed. Find the full description within the Student Handbook.

Independent Summer Projects in Theater Arts

Students who would like to pursue independent study in the field of theater arts may design an Independent Summer Reading Project, to be carried out during the summer session. Like the IRP, the summer reading project counts as the equivalent of a one-unit Bread Loaf course and must build on work done in a Bread Loaf course in which the student has received an A- or higher.

Proposals are due by February 15 and must be approved by Bread Loaf’s associate director. Cost is the same as that for the IRP. Find the full description within the Student Handbook.


 

Oxford Independent Tutorials

Exceptional students attending Bread Loaf at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, may pursue an independent tutorial in addition to their primary course. These tutorial projects receive one unit of credit and should involve approximately the amount of reading and writing contained within a one-unit Bread Loaf course.

 

Students design their own courses of study; proposals are due February 15 and must be approved by Bread Loaf’s director and a member of the Bread Loaf/Oxford faculty, who will supervise the student’s work during the ensuing summer. Students should register for the tutorial when they register for their primary Bread Loaf/Oxford course. A tuition fee of half the standard two-course load is charged for each reading project during the summer in which the IRP is completed. Find the full description within the Student Handbook.