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Seminar Requirements

During the first nine quarters of graduate study students are expected to complete a total of 18 graduate seminars. These include required courses in theory, historical breadth, and language. Students are also required to teach for at least three academic quarters. (See below for explanations of each of these requirements).

The required full time course load is twelve units per quarter, which is usually met by taking two seminars (8 units) and receiving four units of 500 level credit as Teaching, Research, or Language Assistants. Students who have not requested support and those supported by fellowships should take three seminars or two seminars and an upper division literature course. Graduate students who take undergraduate courses for seminar credit must receive grades of A to maintain acceptable graduate status and continuation of funding. It is strongly recommended that graduate students enroll in graduate seminars whenever possible.

During the first two years of study, students should make every effort to complete the language and historical breadth requirements, leaving the third year free to devote to seminar work, more focused study, and preparing for the qualifying examinations.

Courses that may be counted toward the eighteen seminar requirement are:

  • Any 200-280 series literature graduate course.
  • A maximum of two graduate seminars from other departments.
  • Two 298 courses: one taken in the sixth or seventh quarter of study to prepare reading lists; one taken in the eighth or ninth quarter of study to work on the long qualifying paper.
  • A maximum of three upper division undergraduate literature courses, made equivalent to graduate seminars through additional work agreed upon by the student and professor. It is strongly recommended that graduate students enroll in graduate seminars whenever possible. Graduate students who take undergraduate courses for seminar credit must receive grades of A to maintain acceptable graduate status and continuation of funding.
  • For students with M.A. degrees from universities other than UCSD, up to six transfer classes, as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Theory Requirement: All Ph.D. students must complete LTTH 200A, 200B, and 200C during their first year of study.

Graduate Coordinator
Kristin Carnohan
115 Literature Building
(858) 534-3217
litgrad@ucsd.edu

Application Open:
9/1 - 12/1 (deadline)
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