Level 2 Requirements
Successful completion of the Department Graduate Comprehensive Examination.
The comprehensive examinations are intended to test students' familiarity with, and critical understanding of, the broad range of ideas and literature that the disciplinary fields comprise. Students prepare for examinations by taking different combinations of courses according to the specific field guidelines presented below and in consultation with faculty advisors. Graduate students who do not successfully pass all areas of the graduate comprehensive examination are required to retake, by the following semester, only those areas failed. Students who do not retake the exam the following semester are subject to taking the entire examination. The comprehensive examination includes all core courses, exclusive of ENGL 581, one regional course, and one course in the student's area of concentration.
Comprehensive exams are offered each semester, usually during a four-hour period on a Saturday morning. Students will be informed of the date via email.
Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Please contact the department for more information regarding what counts as a demonstration of proficiency.