The program requires students to complete a total of 12 courses (36 credits), according to the following plan:
The program requirements shown below are in effect for degree-seeking students entering the program beginning Fall 2009 and beyond.
Courses in each of the following areas are required:
Reading knowledge of one language other than English is required for all graduates and can be achieved while in the program.
Six courses are chosen in consultation with the director of graduate studies. Mostly additional graduate seminars, they may include undergraduate courses taken for graduate credit, independent study projects, internships, or graduate courses in other departments. Click here for descriptions of current seminars.
Students submit a qualifying paper during the last semester of study, which counts as the twelfth course for the degree. This paper demonstrates the ability to carry out original and extensive scholarly work in the discipline. Students give a presentation of their work at the annual graduate forum sponsored by the department.
Also in the last semester of study, students prepare for a formal oral review and discussion of the issues raised in their qualifying paper research, conducted by a faculty committee.