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COMPARATIVE 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

51 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

32 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Successful completion of the master’s degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework. This requirement includes that at least 50 percent of these credit hours must be received in courses specifically designed for graduate work.

These courses may include Com Lit 310, 350, 351, 353, 354, 357, 358, 368, 370, 371, 372, 375, 377, 378, 379, 466, 473, 475, 500, 690, and any 700+ Comp Lit courses and Folklore 320, 321, 326, 336, 339, 342, 344, 345, 346, 347, 352, 359, 374, 399, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 411, 421, 428, 431, 436, 437, 439, 440, 443, 444, 445, 446, 450, 451, 452, 460, 468, 471, 490, 491, 510, 512, 515, 517, 518, 520, 522, 530, 535, 539, 540, 541, 560, 630, 635, 639, 640, 654, 655, 699, and any 700+ Folklore courses, and those courses outside of CFLS that have been identified as graduate level by that course’s subject owner.

Students with questions about which courses meet these requirements should contact their advisor or the director of graduate studies.

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Successful completion of the Ph.D. requires 51 credit hours of coursework. This requirement includes that at least 50 percent of these credit hours must be received in courses specifically designed for graduate work.

These courses include Comp Lit 310, 350, 351, 353, 354, 357, 358, 368, 370, 371, 372, 375, 377, 378, 379, 466, 473, 475, 500, 690, and 700+ Comp Lit courses and Folklore 320, 321, 326, 336, 339, 342, 344, 345, 346, 347, 352, 359, 374, 399, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 411, 421, 428, 431, 436, 437, 439, 440, 443, 444, 445, 446, 450, 451, 452, 460, 468, 471, 490, 491, 510, 512, 515, 517, 518, 520, 522, 530, 535, 539, 540, 541, 560, 630, 635, 639, 640, 654, 655, 699, and 700+ and those courses outside of CFLS that have been identified as graduate level by that course’s subject owner.

Coursework taken toward the completion of a master’s degree in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies may count toward this requirement. Coursework taken outside of the department and UW–Madison may count toward this requirement with the approval of the graduate committee. Students with questions about which courses meet these requirements should contact their advisor or the director of graduate studies.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 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 requirement

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

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a Master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirement

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

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student. coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Comp Lit 702, a course in literary criticism approved by program, and a seminar (an 800- or 900-level course).

Program-Specific Courses Required

Comp Lit 702, a course in literary criticism approved by program, two additional 700-level courses; and at least two 800- or 900-level courses including Comp Lit 822.

The 51 credits will include courses approved by program in both of the following areas: archaic and/or classical literatures and medieval and/or early modern literatures.

Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements

All doctoral students are required to complete a 12-credit minor. Students may pursue a concentrated minor including the Option A or a distributed minor (Option B). The doctoral minor in folklore can be used to satisfy Option A.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.5 GPA required.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.5 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

None.

Other Grade Requirements

None.

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

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).

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. An advisor is assigned to incoming students but can be changed. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor.

Advisor / Committee

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies. The advisor also serves as the dissertation advisor. An advisor is assigned to incoming student but can be changed. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor.

Assessments and Examinations

Second Year Examination

The Second Year Examination is a written examination administered by the program followed by an oral defense.

Thesis track: Students who are not interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in comparative literature may elect to offer an M.A. thesis in place of the seminar requirement. In such cases, the student must work under the direction of a departmental faculty member who will act as supervisor of the thesis. The thesis will be presented to a committee of three faculty, including the supervisor, and defended in an oral examination. A bound copy of the thesis must be deposited with the department.

Assessments and Examinations

Comprehensive Examinations

The comprehensive examinations, or "prelims," consist of three written examinations based on reading lists that have been approved by the advisor and the reading committees followed by an oral defense.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a written, substantial, and original contribution to knowledge guided by a dissertation committee consisting of the student’s advisor and two members of the faculty of the department. The student will submit to the dissertation committee for approval a written proposal that will include a bibliography of primary and secondary source materials.

Upon completion of the dissertation, the student will be examined in an oral defense of the dissertation and related areas by members of the dissertation committee in concert with two additional members, at least one of which must be from a related discipline outside of the department.

Time Constraints

The Second Year Examination must be taken in the fourth semester of graduate study. If a candidate enters the graduate program with an M.A. in comparative literature from another institution, the Second Year Examination must be taken in the second semester of graduate study. Students entering with an M.A. in another discipline may take the examination in either the second or the fourth semester.

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

Comprehensive examinations must be taken only on completion of the requisite minimum degree credits.

Within six weeks of successful completion of the comprehensive examination, candidates must submit a working draft of a dissertation proposal their dissertation committee members.

The dissertation must be deposited within two weeks of completion of all degree requirements.

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.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten 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.

Language Requirements

Second Language: An examination in a second language (other than English) must be taken by the end of the second semester of graduate study and before the Second Year Examination.

In the event that the linguistic tradition under examination cannot be covered by a member of the comparative literature and folklore studies faculty, the advisor will invite an appropriate member of the UW–Madison faculty to assist in the administration of the examination.

Language Requirements

Second language: An examination in a second language (other than English) must be taken by the end of the second semester of graduate study and before the Second Year Examination.

In the event that the linguistic tradition under examination cannot be covered by a member of the comparative literature and folklore studies faculty, the advisor will invite an appropriate member of the UW–Madison faculty to assist in the administration of the examination.

Third Language: A third language (other than English) proficiency must be demonstrated by the completion of an appropriate intermediate or advanced literature course with a grade of “AB” or better. This requirement must be satisfied before the Comprehensive (or “prelim”) Examinations.

Reading language: Each candidate must demonstrate reading knowledge of at least one of the following languages: Sanskrit, Hebrew, Classical Greek, Latin, a Medieval language, or another language approved by the program. This requirement is satisfied by the completion of an appropriate course with a grade of B or better.