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Year by Year Program Requirements


Year I:

Introductory Theory Sequence (LTTH 200A, LTTH 200B, LTTH 200C)
3 other seminars (6 other seminars if not serving as a TA)
50% TA

Year 2:

5 seminars
LTXX 298 in sixth (or seventh) quarter to prepare reading lists
50% TA

End of 5th (or 6th) quarter of study

Establish doctoral committee.
Complete language requirements.

6th (or 7th) quarter of study

Enroll for LTXX 298 with chair or other member of committee.
Finalize two readings lists (at least 50 works on each list, primary and secondary).
Write cover statement for each list.
Decide on topic for research paper; write a one-page abstract for the paper.
Hold pre-qualifying meeting with committee to approve lists and paper topic.
File reading lists, signed by the committee chair, cover statements, and one-page abstract with Department (no later than end of seventh quarter).


Year 3:

5 Seminars
LTXX 298 in seventh (or eighth) quarter to work on long qualifying paper
50% TA

7th and 8th quarters:

Work on reading lists; write paper.

9th quarter (or 10th) quarter:

End of first week of quarter: submit research paper, approved by the primary reader
and one other member of committee, to committee members.
Beginning of quarter: schedule written and oral qualifying exams (oral exam follows
written exam by two weeks).


Year 4:

LTXX 299(8 units per quarter)
50% TA

10th quarter:

Prepare 3-5 page prospectus and bibliography; meet with committee to discuss prospectus; file prospectus with Department.
Begin dissertation research and writing

Year 5: LTXX 299 (8 units per quarter)
50% TA
Dissertation research, writing, and revision
Year 6: LTXX 299 (8 units per quarter)
50% TA
Dissertation research, writing, and revision
Dissertation defense
Graduate Coordinator
Kristin Carnohan
115 Literature Building
(858) 534-3217

Application Open:
9/1 - 12/1 (deadline)
Important: Students may substitute for graduate seminars a maximum of three upper-division undergraduate courses, which are made equivalent to seminars through additional work agreed upon by the student and professor. It is strongly recommended that graduate students enroll in graduate seminars whenever possible. If graduate students take undergraduate courses for seminar credit, they must receive grades of A to maintain acceptable graduate status and continuation of funding.