You are required to obtain permission for courses from Comparative Literature Graduate Coordinator before you register. (English course descriptions can be found here.) Mandatory advising with the Graduate Director takes place at the beginning of each semester. This is an opportunity for you and the Director to evaluate your progress toward degree and to discuss any matters that may require consideration, such as course selection, committee constitutions, examination scheduling, etc. You will schedule a mandatory advising meeting within the first week of the semester upon receiving an e-mail from the Graduate Director.

Teams of two to three graduate faculty members (in order to account for faculty who may be on leave) will be appointed by the Graduate Director, in consultation with the student, for each student in the first semester of the student’s graduate work.  These advising teams are charged with meeting with the student at least once each semester and with filing a report (no more than a page) each semester, on the student’s progress with the Graduate Studies office.  Students are expected to remain in regular contact with their advisors.  The members of each advising team will help students select courses, otherwise navigate the program, and begin the process of professionalization, and they will act generally as resources for the student.  The Graduate Director will remain available to all students in all stages of the program to assist in advising.

As students are preparing to advance to candidacy, the advising team will help the student form the qualifying examination committee. The advising committee may be separate from the examination committee. From this point until the constitution of the dissertation defense committee, the qualifying examination committee will act as the students’ primary advisors.

All students are expected to keep regular contact with the Graduate Director and their advising teams throughout all stages of the program. Measures to be used to assess progress include the student’s grades, other evidence of the quality of coursework, schedule for meeting requirements for candidacy, and schedule for completing the dissertation.