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AFRICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master's Degrees:

M.A.

Doctoral Degrees:

Ph.D.

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

54 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

24 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

45 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (15 credits out of 30 total credits) must be completed in AL&L courses numbered 400 or higher; courses in AL&L in this range assess graduate students separately. Subject to approval, AL&L may also accept outside courses identified as graduate level by the courses' subject owner.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed in AL&L courses numbered 400 or higher; courses in AL&L in this range assess graduate students separately. Subject to approval, AL&L may also accept outside courses identified as graduate level by the courses' subject owner.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 15 credits of coursework numbered 400 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special students. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master's degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from graduate work from other institutions may count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

No credits from a UW–Madison University Special student career are allowed to count toward the degree.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

African 402 Theory of African Literature; African 501 Structure and Analysis of African Languages; African 575 Methods of Teaching African Languages: Theory and Practice; African 702 African Verbal Stylistics

Program-Specific Courses Required

Two graduate seminars. Two additional courses to be chosen in consultation with the director of graduate studies and the candidate's advisor/supervisor.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all core curriculum coursework.

Other Grade Requirements

Ph.D. candidates should maintain a 3.5 GPA in all core curriculum courses and may not have any more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status.

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

Probation Policy

A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for one additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their advisor, scheduled by December 17 and completed by April 30. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on the student's registration.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their thesis committee after passing the preliminary examination.

Assessments and Examinations

M.A. thesis defense required.

Assessments and Examinations

Doctoral students must pass a preliminary examination, a dissertation proposal defense, and the defense of the completed dissertation.

Time Constraints

The thesis, written in consultation with the major professor, must be completed no later than two semesters after thesis work begins.

Master's degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Time Constraints

A student may not hold an assistantship for more than five years.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may by require to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Language Requirements

M.A. students must complete two years study of African language. Students may petition for an exemption if they have native fluency of an African language.

Language Requirements

1. Ph.D. students must complete one year of a major African language taught in this department beyond second year level

2. Reading proficiency in one non-African language other than English. The language must be chosen in consultation with the Department.