Program of Study Due Dates for Autumn 2016
A copy of the Program of Study and letter of endorsement from the advisor should be submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Examinationcommittee. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.