Final Program of Study

Program of Study Due Dates for 2018-19

September 17
October 8
November 12
January 21
February 18
March 8 (spring break is March 11-18)
April 8

General Information

A copy of the Program of Study and letter of endorsement from the advisor should be submitted electronically to the Graduate Program Coordinator (griffin.328@osu.edu) by 4:00pm on the due date. 

The Program of Study (POS) has two main purposes: to establish parameters for the Candidacy Examination and to present a detailed map of the student's path toward earning the Ph.D.

The Final Program of Study must be completed, approved by the student's Candidacy Examination Committee, and then approved by the Graduate Studies Program and Policy Committee before the student may schedule her or his exam.

It is important to keep in mind that the POS has multiple audiences: the student's Exam Chair and Exam Committee, but also the Graduate Studies Program and Policy Committee, which is made up of faculty who represent the various areas of specialization in the department as a whole. The POS needs to be written so that it is accessible to non-specialists in the student's specific area.  

Program of Study Components

1.  A list of the Chair and other faculty members of the student's Candidacy Examination committee. The Graduate School requires four members, and the Chair must hold "P" status (typically, this means a tenured Associate or Full Professor). This committee is formed specifically to administer the Candidacy Exam and is not the same as the Dissertation Committee.

2. A brief description and rationale for the student's Major Field of study and reading list. This description should be limited to about one single-spaced page. Part of the task is to describe the Major Field and the student's particular interest in succinct terms.

  • The Major Field should be broadly rather than narrowly defined. Typically, the Major Field will be an academic job category.
  • The reading list for the Major Field should consist of between 75 and 85 works (primary and secondary) and should both provide coverage of the broad field and locate the student’s specific interests within it.
3.  A brief description and rationale for the student's Minor Field of study and reading list. (A student may have two Minor Fields with the approval of his or her faculty advisor.) This description should also be limited to about one single-spaced page.
 
  • The Minor Field can be primarily a supplement to the Major Field (e.g., a second academic job category), or
  • The Minor Field can partially overlap with the Major Field, or
  • The Minor field can be a body of theory that is broader than but relevant to the student’s location within the Major Field.
  • The reading list for the Minor Field should consist of between 40 and 45 works (primary and secondary). For two Minor Fields, the lists should consist of between 22 and 25 works for each.
4.  A draft of the Dissertation Prospectus.
 
  • The draft of the Dissertation Prospectus should be submitted to the committee one week before the student begins the written portion of the Candidacy Exam.
5.  A concise list of completed coursework for the M.A./Ph.D., organized by date of completion, including grades received. Please provide a one-sentence description for Independent Study projects.
 
6.  A concise statement of the student's teaching experience thus far, plans for taking English 8903, and plans for future teaching in the department.
 
7.  A concise timeline for the student's progress toward graduation. The timeline should be organized by year and semester, and it should indicate the projected dates for the completion of all Ph.D. requirements, including coursework, language requirement, English 8903(s), Graduate Workshops, Candidacy Exam, Dissertation Prospectus, dissertation research and writing, and the job application process.
 
8. Reading lists for the Major and Minor Fields.
 

Letter of Endorsement

The Final Program of Study must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Program and Policy Committee with a letter of endorsement from the student's Chair for the Candidacy Exam Committee. The letter of endorsement should confirm that the student has worked with the entire Committee and that the entire Committee has approved the POS; briefly contextualize the membership of the Committee, with more context if the Committee includes faculty from outside the department; and articulate the Chair's confidence in the student's rationales for the Major and Minor Fields.


Review of Final Program of Study

The Final Program of Study is reviewed by the faculty members of the Graduate Program and Policy Committee. They may approve the POS as it is; approve with recommendations for further thought or adjustment; or not approve as presented and ask for resubmission of a revised document that responds to requests for specific changes. Such requests typically ask the student to better articulate the Major or Minor Fields or the relationship between them.

2018-19 Meeting Schedule for the Graduate Program and Policy Committee

September 24
October 15
November 19
January 28
February 25
March 18
April 15 

2018-19 Graduate Program and Policy Committee Members

Aman Garcha, Chair
David Brewer
Molly Farrell (Spring 2019)
John Jones
Susan Lang
Sandra Macpherson
Sara Neville

 
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