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Women's Studies and English

Recommended Progress

Please Note: This timeline notes typical progress through the program. Your schedule may be slightly different depending on when certain courses are offered. View and print a copy of the current Joint PhD Student Handbook.

First Year

Fall

  • WS 501—Proseminar in Women’s Studies
  • WS 601—Approaches to Feminist Scholarship
  • ENG 520—Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • 2 Electives in ENG or WS

Winter

  • WS 530—Feminist Theory
  • 2 Electives in ENG or WS
    • By the end of this term, you should also:
    • Complete at least one language requirement
    • Complete at least one WS elective
    • Complete at least one English 800-level

 

Second Year

Fall

  • Third-term Review
  • 2 Electives in ENG or WS

English MA requirements should be met:

  • 30 total credits (GPA of B or higher)
  • 24 English credits (grades of B- or higher)
  • 6 WS credits (grades of B- or higher—cannot bring GPA below a B) (Women's Studies courses count as "cognates" for the English MA)
  • Language requirement started (one advanced or one basic)

Winter

  • 3 Electives in ENG or WS
  • Prelim reading list due May 1

Candidacy requirements should be met by the end of August before year 3 begins:

  • Language requirement (one advanced or two basic)
  • 2 800-level English courses (of the 3 required)
  • Completed required coursework in both Women's Studies & English as outlined above
  • GPA of B or higher
  • 36 credits
     

Third Year

Fall

  • ENG 695 — Pedagogy
  • ENG or WS 990 (for pre-candidates)
  • One additional ENG or WS course (could be final 800-level course or WS elective)

Winter

  • ENG or WS 995
  • WS 891
  • Complete required courses (4 800-level courses incl. WS 891)
  • Prelim: oral exam (preferably by Jan. 31; no later than April 1)
  • Pre-prospectus due to English by April 1
     

Fourth Year

  • ENG or WS 995
  • Prospectus and bibliography due Sept 15
  • Register for and defend WS 891 by December 15
     

Fifth Year

  • ENG or WS 995
  • Continue work on the dissertation

Sixth Year

  • ENG or WS 995
  • Jobseekers program and job search
  • Attend Rackham Pre-Defense Meeting
  • Defend dissertation
  • Attend Rackham Post-Defense Meeting and file completed dissertation