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Student Trajectories

Students entering the program with a B.A.

Year One: Fall Semester [12 credit hours]

  • Transition Points of Modern German Culture [3 credit hours]
  • 3 additional seminars [9 credit hours]

Year One: Spring Semester [12 credit hours]

  • Theories of Literary and Cultural Analysis [3 credit hours]
  • 3 additional seminars [9 credit hours]
  • Late April: First-Year Review

Year Two: Fall Semester [9 credit hours]

  • Foreign Language Learning and Teaching [3 credit hours]
  • 2 additional seminars [6 credit hours]
  • TA for beginning or intermediate language courses

Year Two: Spring Semester [9 credit hours]

  • Modes of Scholarly Work and Writing [3 credit hours]
  • Pre-Exam Colloquium in preparation of Preliminary Examination [3 credit hours]
  • 1 additional seminar [3 credit hours]
  • TA for beginning or intermediate language courses

Year Two: Summer

  • Preparation of Preliminary Examination (PE)
  • August: PE (two weeks before the beginning of fall semester)

Year Three: Fall Semester [9 credit hours]

  • 3 seminars [9 credit hours]
  • TA for beginning or intermediate language courses

Year Three: Spring Semester [9 credit hours]

  • Pre-Dissertation Colloquium in preparation of Qualifying Exam [3 credit hours]
  • 2 additional seminars [6 credit hours]
  • TA for beginning or intermediate language courses

Year Three: Summer

  • Qualifying Exam: Dissertation Project Proposal (DPP)

Year Four: Fall [9 credit hours]

  • Non-Candidate Research [9 credit hours]
  • Qualifying Exam: Qualifying Paper (QP) and Dissertation Abstract (DA)
  • Application for research fellowships abroad
  • TA for language or upper-division courses or courses outside the department

Year Four: Spring [3 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research [3 credit hours]
  • TA for language or upper-division courses or courses outside the department

Year Five: Fall and Spring [0 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research abroad [0 credit hours]
  • Students will seek to secure external funding such as DAAD or Fulbright for this year

Year Six: Fall [0 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research [0 credit hours]

 Year Six: Spring [0 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research [0 credit hours]
  • Dissertation Defense (February or March)

Students entering the program with an M.A.

Year One: Fall Semester [12 credit hours]

  • Transition Points of Modern German Culture [3 credit hours]
  • 3 additional seminars [9 credit hours]

Year One: Spring Semester [12 credit hours]

  • Theories of Literary and Cultural Analysis [3 credit hours]
  • 2 additional seminars [6 credit hours]
  • Pre-Exam Colloquium in preparation of Preliminary Examination [3 credit hours]

Year One: Summer

  • Preparation of Preliminary Examination (PE)
  • August: PE (two weeks before the beginning of fall semester)

Year Two: Fall Semester [9 credit hours]

  • Foreign Language Learning and Teaching [3 credit hours]
  • 2 additional seminars [6 credit hours]
  • TA for beginning or intermediate language courses

Year Two: Spring Semester [9 credit hours]

  • Modes of Scholarly Work and Writing [3 credit hours]
  • Pre-Dissertation Colloquium in preparation of Qualifying Exam [3 credit hours]
  • 1 additional seminar [3 credit hours]
  • TA for beginning or intermediate language courses

Year Two: Summer

  • Qualifying Exam: Dissertation Project Proposal (DPP)

Year Three: Fall [9 credit hours]

  • Non-Candidate Research [9 credit hours]
  • Qualifying Exam: Qualifying Paper (QP) and Dissertation Abstract (DA)
  • Application to research fellowships abroad
  • TA for language or upper-division courses or courses outside the department

Year Three: Spring [9 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research [9 credit hours]
  • TA for language or upper-division courses or courses outside the department

Year Four: Fall and Spring [0 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research abroad [0 credit hours]
  • Students will seek to secure external funding such as DAAD or Fulbright for this year

Year Five: Fall [9 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research [9 credit hours]
  • TA for language or upper-division courses or courses outside the department

Year Five: Spring [3 credit hours]

  • Dissertation Research [3 credit hours]
  • Dissertation Defense (February or March)
  • TA for language or upper-division courses or courses outside the department