Coursework

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature are:

  1. Introductory seminars (334A/B), Concepts of Modernity 1 & 2 (10 units).
  2. Eight courses of advanced work in literary studies in one language. Of the eight courses, at least six must be regularly scheduled courses in literary studies focused on the period from 1750 to the present, of which at least two must be regularly scheduled seminars. Courses in the teaching of composition (English 396, 397), ad hoc graduate seminars (395), research courses (398), and thesis registration (802) may not be counted among these six courses. 396, 397, 399, 802 may not be counted toward these requirements under any circumstances.
  3. Eight courses of advanced work in non-literature departments, the core of which is completion of either a departmental minor or an interdepartmental concentration, typically consisting of six courses. Department minors are available from the departments of Anthropology, Art, Communication, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology (see information in those sections of this bulletin).  Individually designed concentrations may be approved by petition to the director. In addition to the required six courses in a minor or a concentration, two additional courses from non-literature departments are chosen in consultation with each student’s academic adviser. Course restrictions noted above in item 2 also apply.