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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 

Winter Term - Teach
1. CL 602
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

Winter Term - Teach/Fellowship
1. CL 995
2. CL Seminar/Elective
Preliminary Project

Spring/Summer Term
Work on Prospectus
 

Fourth Year

Fall Term
1. CL 995
Prospectus Discussion

Winter Term
1. CL 995

Spring/Summer Term
Work on Dissertation

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.
  • Required courses: CL 600 (3 credits) and 601/602 (2 credits each); 4 CL seminars (up to 1 seminar may be fulfilled by completing 3 credits of mini-courses in CL); 8 graduate seminar electives.
  • 400 level courses in Comparative Literature are not eligible for graduate credit.
  • Directed Readings do not count as a CL seminar but may be counted as an elective.
  • Prior to the beginning of the third year, students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in two foreign languages.
  • Students achieve Candidacy in the Winter Term of the third year, after passing the Preliminary Exam in the Fall Term.
  • The Preliminary Project must be completed by the end of the third year.
  • Students present the Dissertation Prospectus and establish the dissertation committee of five faculty members during the fourth year.