Graduate Program Requirements

Program Summary

First & Second Years

Students must take three courses per quarter and complete at least five graded courses from the autumn and winter quarters by the beginning of the spring quarter of their first year and at least twelve graded courses by the beginning of the spring quarter of their second year to be eligible for continuation of financial aid.

First through Third Years

Students must submit in each of their first three years two substantial essays certified by a member of the Committee faculty and written that year for regular courses, tutorials, reading courses, or independent study. At least one should be submitted by the time the Committee has to make recommendations for renewing financial aid at the beginning of the spring quarter.

Students must achieve a high pass in a foreign language exam administered by the University prior to taking the Fundamentals Exam.

Third Year

Students are expected to take their Fundamentals Exam in their third year.

Fourth Year and Beyond

Students are expected by the fourth year to prepare a doctoral dissertation proposal in close consultation with potential faculty members of their dissertation committee. Once the dissertation proposal is approved by the dissertation committee, it is distributed to all Social Thought faculty. Once the proposal is approved by the Social Thought faculty, the student is admitted to candidacy and continues to write the dissertation. To obtain dissertation fellowship support students are encouraged to have an approved proposal and a dissertation chapter by the second quarter of the fourth year.

 

Courses and Papers

Courses

During their first three years students take regular courses, seminars, tutorials, and reading courses from faculty in the Committee and elsewhere in the University both to prepare for the Fundamentals Examination and to acquire the skills and foundations needed to write the dissertation and enter the discipline they have in mind. Students often take the lead in organizing reading courses or tutorials. Students are expected to consult with their advisers or other Committee faculty in planning their programs. For Social Thought students to be eligible for continuation of financial aid, the Social Sciences Division requires them to complete at least five graded courses from the Autumn and Winter Quarters by the beginning of the Spring Quarter of their first year, and at least twelve graded courses by the beginning of the Spring Quarter of their second year. It is helpful to have a strong and extensive a grade record when applying for dissertation fellowship support for the fifth year and beyond. Students should make sure that by the time the Committee has to make recommendations for financial aid at the beginning of each Spring Quarter it has on file the grades they have received and some record of their independent or tutorial work not reflected in grades. Students are free to take courses or seminars offered elsewhere in the University which may have a bearing on their studies.

Courses and seminars are offered within the Committee on a variety of topics. See the courses page for an archive of course titles and descriptions.

Papers

Students during each of their first three years must submit to the Coordinator for Student Affairs two substantial essays written that year certified by at least one member of the faculty of the Committee. These papers may have been written either for regular courses or in connection with tutorials, reading courses, or independent work. At least one should be submitted by the time the Committee has to make recommendations for financial aid at the beginning of the spring quarter.

 

Language Requirement

Students must achieve a high-level pass in a foreign language examination administered by the University prior to taking the Fundamentals Examination.

 

Joint Degrees

Classics

Philosophy