New Students : At Registration or before, students should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies regarding their program. Please e-mail the Director.
Continuing Students : During Pre-Registration, consult with the Director of Graduate Studies about the schedule for the next semester. It is not necessary to consult with the Director at Registration unless changes are to be made in the agreed upon program.
The Director of Graduate Studies monitors the progress of all students. But since the department is relatively small and contact between students and faculty easy, students are encouraged to seek the advice of any faculty member at any time. As a student’s specialization becomes clear, he or she will naturally take frequent counsel with an appropriate professor.
Graduate students are expected to do most of their course work in the proseminars and seminars, that is, in 700-level courses. Please see Current Courses for information about offerings in a given semester. Please see the description for each degree program (4+1 ,M.A. ,Ph.D.) for particulars on courses and course sequencing.
The proseminars give a student grounding in a particular literary-historical field. The seminars cover relatively narrowly defined topics. Proseminars and seminars are scheduled for three hours; enrollment is normally limited to ten students. The course description of each proseminar and seminar should include references to theoretical questions that may be addressed and a list of basic texts that students can use to prepare themselves for the course. Students in the doctoral program are encouraged to take two courses in another discipline, after consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
English 799, Independent Studies, allows students to work individually with faculty members on projects not covered by regular course offerings. The requirements for the course are determined by the student and the faculty sponsor. No more than six (6) hours of ENLS 799 are permitted.
English 999, Dissertation Research, allows students to maintain their registration after coursework, while they are researching and writing the dissertation.
Grading and Incompletes
Graduate students in the doctoral program are expected to achieve an appropriate grade-point average. Therefore, grades of Aand A- are assigned for the work of the caliber expected of students in the Ph.D. program; grades of B+ and B indicate a student’s work is not acceptable for advanced study. A grade of B in the first year of work, however, does not necessarily disqualify a student from continuing in the program. As appropriate, measures for improving student performance (taking additional courses, for example) may be required.
Financial aid of any kind is awarded with the understanding that a student will remove any Incomplete grades from his or her record by August 1 of the year in which the award is operative. The Chair of the department will make exceptions to this rule only in the most unusual circumstances.