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PhD PROGRAM OVERVIEW

First Year

Fall Term - Fellowship
1. CL 600
2. Elective
3. Elective
4. [Language Course]

Winter Term - Fellowship
1. CL Seminar
2. CL Seminar
3. Elective
4. [Language Course]

Spring/Summer Term
Language Study

Students normally elect three graduate level seminars per term in addition to a language course. While some language courses are offered at the graduate level, they are not the equivalent of a graduate seminar and cannot be counted as such. You must consult with the DGS with regard to requesting an exception to use a graduate level language course to fulfill Complit requirements.

 

Second Year

Fall Term - Teach
1. CL 601
2. CL Seminar
3. Elective
4. [Language Course]
Third-term review (45min/1hr)

Winter Term - Teach
1. CL 698 (1 credit)
2. CL Seminar
3. Elective
4. Elective
5. [Language Course]

Spring/Summer Term

Read for Prelim Exam

Meet language proficiency by end of Summer

 

Third Year

Fall Term - Teach/Fellowship
1. CL 990/995
2. CL Seminar/Elective
Preliminary Exam (2hrs)

Winter Term - Teach/Fellowship
1. CL 995
2. CL Seminar/Elective
Topics Paper (1hr)

Spring/Summer Term
Work on Prospectus
 

Fourth Year

Fall Term
1. CL 995
Prospectus Discussion (1hr)

Winter Term
1. CL 995

Spring/Summer Term
Work on Prospectus

Apply for research fellowships for upcoming year (Fulbright, Rackham Predoc, Inst. Humanities, etc.)

 

Fifth/Sixth Year

Fall Term - Teach/Fellowship
1. CL 995

Winter Term - Teach/Fellowship
1. CL 995

Spring/Summer Term
Work on Dissertation/Defense

 

Items of Note

• Newly admitted students are not allowed to transfer graduate credit from other institutions.
• 14 required courses: CL 600—601/698; 4 CL seminars; 8 courses distributed among the major and minor field(s).
• By the end of the second year, students must successfully complete 36 graduate program credit hours.
• Prior to the beginning of the third year, students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in two foreign languages by either teaching in the language or by advanced coursework.
• Students achieve Candidacy in Fall Term of the third year, after passing the Preliminary Exam at the beginning of September.
• The Topics Paper must be completed by the end of the third year.
• Students present the Dissertation Prospectus and establish the dissertation committee of five faculty members no later than Fall term of the fourth year.
• 400 level courses in Comparative Literature are not eligible for graduate credit (includes meet-togethers).