Comprehensive Exam Students
|1. Early in the
semester have a detailed discussion with the
Program Director about your specific goals.
2. Meet and talk to as many
faculty in your concentration as possible.
A major strength of this Program is its
in interests, experience, and personality.
The better you know the faculty the easier
your choice of Committee Chair will be.
BY THE END OF THE
Decide on the Thesis or Exam option.
Graduate Committee composition with the
||1. Early in the
semester negotiate with a faculty member to
serve as your Graduate Committee chair.
2. Discuss Committee composition
with your Committee Chair.
3. If you intend to pursue the
Thesis option provide a substantial writing
sample to your Committee as soon as
BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER:
1. Constitute a full Graduate
Committee and get all members to sign the .
Committee Contract (Exam).
2. Identify the major foci of the
Committee Contract (Thesis).
2. Obtain Committee approval to
pursue the Thesis option.
3. Students intending to go on to
Ph.D. programs should identify and discuss
potential programs with their Committee
|Begin reading for
||Begin Thesis research and
1. Coordinate the
specific requirements for your
Historiographical Essay or Literature Review
with your Chair.
2. Provide a first
draft of your essay to your Chair.
1. ASAP contact
professors from who you want letters of
recommendation for Ph.D. programs.
2. By 31 January
provide your Chair with a brief (5-10 pages)
introduction to your Thesis. This will
become the basis for your Thesis Proposal
3. Before the
Thanksgiving break get all surveys approved
by the University's
Human Subjects Review Board if
4. 1 NOVEMBER.
Thesis Proposal due to the Program Director.
Must be signed first by your Committee
Chair and Department Chair. If surveys
require Human Subjects Review Board approval
the Board's approval must be attached to
Turn in your Graduation
Card. All students filing
graduation cards after the first week of the
semester will be assessed a $100.00 late fee.
1. Prior to Spring
Break provide a final draft of your
Historiographical Essay or Literature
Review, approved by your Chair, to your
2. By Spring Break
schedule your Comprehensive Examination and
your Final Oral Examination.
1. Prior to Spring
Break provide a final draft of your Thesis,
approved by your Chair, to your Committee.
2. Schedule your
Thesis Defense and Final Oral Examination.
Even though you turned in a
graduation card at the beginning of the
semester, you may not participate in
Graduation if you have not COMPLETED
all Program requirements and scheduled your
examinations. All examinations must be
completed and your thesis turned in within
two weeks of graduation if your graduation
is to be posted in this particular semester.