Comparative Literature Ph.D.

Use your Graduate Academic Bulletin

Students pursuing a graduate degree in Comparative Literature should use the University Graduate School Academic Bulletin.

Official requirements for our graduate degrees can be found by clicking on the Bulletin below:

2021-22: Comparative Literature University Graduate School Academic Bulletin

Qualifying Examinations

Students will not be allowed to take the Ph.D. qualifying exams until authorized by the director of graduate studies. The department has approved these steps in order to prevent misunderstanding on the part of students or faculty about the form, content, or procedures involved in the exams and to underscore the importance of these exams in preparing students for the final stage of the doctoral program.

Eligibility

Students become eligible to take the Ph.D. qualifying examinations when they have completed the following requirements:

  1. Official application and admission to the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature
  2. Certification of reading proficiency in three foreign languages, or two foreign languages plus approved substitution of 27 credit hours in a non-literary discipline. (See the information under “Language Requirements.”) Written certification of foreign language proficiency must be received by the Department before students will be allowed to schedule their examinations.
  3. Completion of one intensive or two regular Ph.D. minors. (All minors must be completed and certified in writing by the appropriate departments before students take their qualifying exams.)
  4. Completion of all required courses and credit hours. (C501/C502 must be satisfactorily completed before students will be permitted to begin their exam sequences; all other course work must be completed and all incompletes in courses counting toward the major or minors must be removed before students may take their qualifying exams).

Dissertation

A dissertation is required and is graded under C810 or G901. The number of credits granted under C810 varies since the credits should bring the student’s total hours to 90. Only one credit hour of C810 or G901 is required for acceptance of the dissertation; no more than 25 credit hours of dissertation research may be included in the minimum of 90 credit hours required for the doctoral degree. The grade of “R” is automatically awarded for work on the dissertation until it is defended and accepted.

Dissertation defense

The dissertation defense is an oral examination held after the dissertation has been completed but before it is bound. The student must arrange the time and date of this defense with the dissertation director and the members of his or her committee at least five weeks in advance. Any member of the Graduate School faculty at Indiana University may attend the defense, but usually only the student’s committee is present. A summary of no less than 150 words (maximum: one double-spaced, typed page) must be submitted to the Comparative Literature Graduate Studies Office. The announcement should be informative and contain a brief statement of the principal results and conclusions. It must be approved and signed by the dissertation director, and must be submitted to the Graduate School thirty days prior to the defense.

Official requirements for our graduate degrees can be found by clicking on the Bulletin below:

2021-22: Comparative Literature University Graduate School Academic Bulletin

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