Bread Loaf offers students with exceptional academic records the opportunity to pursue focused independent research and produce a major critical, creative, or pedagogical project. 

Directed Research and Writing

A mentored independent study, Directed Research and Writing (DRW) replaces our former options for independent study, the Independent Reading Project, Oxford Independent Tutorial, and Summer Project in Theater Arts.  

Available to returning students and ideal for those in their final Bread Loaf summers, the DRW allows students a sustained opportunity to design and pursue a major critical, creative, or pedagogical project, under the direction of a faculty advisor. The mainstay of the writing and revision will take place online across the 6-week summer session (coinciding with Vermont session dates), though students will complete the preliminary reading and research beforehand.  

The DRW can be taken for either one unit or two units of credit (in any distributional Group or Groups), with eligibility and expectations for the scope of the work calibrated to the credit load. All projects must be grounded on some area(s) studied in a Bread Loaf course in which the student has earned an A- or better. 

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