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We have written this handbook to tell you what you need to know about requirements and resources for the doctoral degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. For explanations of policies and procedures at the Rackham Graduate School, consult the Rackham Student Handbook, and other information available on their website. Please take the time to read with care the material about the graduate program in Comparative Literature, and consult the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), the Student Services Coordinator (SSvC), or your faculty advisor about requirements that you do not understand. Our handbook will provide helpful information for students at all levels of the program. Refer to it first as questions arise.While you are encouraged to discuss your plans for research and study with your fellow graduate students and with faculty in other units, please remember that requirements and procedures for the doctoral degree in Comparative Literature are governed solely by department policy, and not by policies in other units or by exceptions based upon unique circumstances granted to individual students. It is the graduate student’s responsibility to become familiar with the policies laid out in this handbook and to address any questions to the DGS and SSvC.