Advisement for Ph.D. Students

Initial advisement should occur just prior to the beginning of the semester (usually the week of August 15th or for spring entrance January 2nd). As soon as possible, students should seek an advisor from among the faculty in their Area of Concentration. Until the student has found a permanent advisor, he or she should seek advisement from the Director of Graduate Studies.

During the first several weeks of the first semester in the program, new Ph.D. students will meet collectively with the faculty and students in his or her Primary area as well as Secondary Area.

Preferably during the first semester, and no later than the middle of the second semester in the program, the student should select a five member Advisory Committee composed of graduate faculty, four from within the Department and one outside the Department. The advisory Committee should consist of at least two members in the Primary Area (one of whom will serve as chair); at least one member in the Secondary Area; and one member from outside the Department.

The student should meet with the Advisory Committee for an Advisory Conference, at which time the Committee will approve a comprehensive plan of study and file an Advisory Conference Report with the Graduate College. The plan specified on this Report must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate College.

The student's enrollment in subsequent semesters must be in accordance with the approved plan. Changes in the plan must be approved by the Advisory Committee, Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate College.

Literary and Cultural Studies
Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy

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