Satisfactory Progress

Students will meet with the Graduate Director at least once a semester during the first year to assess progress and the advisability of the student’s intended degree track. Students are also required to meet with the Director once a year until the completion of their degree.

Incompletes:  Although we recognize emergencies can occur that may warrant a student’s requesting an incomplete, we discourage students from taking incompletes. The student requesting an incomplete and the instructor granting it must notify the Graduate Office that they are electing the incomplete option by the end of the semester in which the incomplete is taken (a form for such notification is available from the Graduate Office). Coursework related to the incomplete must be finished by the end of the next semester and students may not take their qualifying exams with outstanding incompletes.

Students are expected to complete their coursework by no later than their third semester in the program.

Students are expected to advance to candidacy by successfully passing their qualifying examination by their fourth semester in the program.

Students must file an approved dissertation prospectus no later than four months following the qualifying examination.

Students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.5 to proceed to the qualifying examination. Likewise, incompletes must be completed before a student may proceed to the qualifying examination. Exceptions may be granted by the DGS only in extreme and extenuating circumstances.

Students must keep regular contact with the DGS and their dissertation committee upon achieving candidacy and submitting an approved prospectus.

Students must defend their dissertation by the end of their 4th year in the program.

For extensions to this schedule, students may petition the DGS through their dissertation committees.

Sample Course of Study

Semester 1

No teaching

ENGL602: Critical Theory and Literary Criticism
FREN649G: Special Topic in Eighteenth Century French Literature
ENGL621: Readings in Renaissance English Literature 

 Semester 2

No teaching

ENGL611: Approaches to College Composition
FREN898: Independent Study
ENGL749T: Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

 Semester 3

TA One Course

Prepare to take Qualifying Examination during the summer before third semester; schedule and take exam at the end of third semester. File Candidacy paperwork after passing qualifying exam.

Semester 4

TA One Course

Write prospectus during the semester, to be finished and approved by 4 months after passing qualifying exam.

Semester 5 

TA/Teach One/Two Courses (total of three for the academic year)

Begin researching and writing your dissertation after turning in your prospectus. Enroll in ENGL 898 (Dissertation Workshop) either this semester or the next semester (whichever semester that you are only teaching 1 course.)

Semester 6 

TA/Teach One/Two Courses (total of three for the academic year)

Continue researching and writing your dissertation. Research and apply for outside summer funding during the Winter Break if you will require travel support for dissertation research.

Semester 7

TA/Teach One Course

Continue researching and writing your dissertation. Talk to the placement office over the summer or at the beginning of this semester if you wish to apply for academic jobs.

 Semester 8

TA/Teach One Course

Schedule your dissertation defense and attend job interviews if you choose to go on the academic job market. Defend your dissertation. Congratulations - you've graduated with a PhD in Comparative Literature!