Program Offerings and Requirements

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

CURRICULUM:

  1. Core Coursework, All Students:

    1. Foundations:
      1. Hum 660:  Proseminar: Introduction to Doctoral Study, 3 credits
      2. Hum 661:  Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture I, 3 credits
      3. Hum 662:  Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture II, 3 credits
      4. Hum 663:  Global Perspectives on the Arts and Culture, 3 credits

    2. Theories and Methodologies:
      1. Hum 673: Topics in Cultural Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits
      2. Hum 674: Topics in Aesthetic Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits

    3. Institutional, Educational, or Community Internship
      1. Hum 650: Doctoral Internship, 3 credit

    4. Directed Study
      1. Hum 651:  Directed Study Project I, 3 credits
      2. Hum 652:  Directed Study Project II, 3 credits

  2. Additional Coursework, by Specialization:
    1. Culture, Criticism, and Contemporary Thought (C3T)
      Approved C3T scholarly courses, minimum 12 credits
    2. Public Arts and Letters (PAL)
      Approved PAL workshop courses, minimum 12 credits
  3. Foreign Language Requirement, All Students:
    Basic proficiency in two classical and/or modern languages, or advanced proficiency in one, in addition to English.  Please see details below.
  4. Comprehensive Examination, All Students
    Please see details below.
  5. Dissertation Prospectus, Writing and Defense, All Students
    Please see details below.

TOTAL MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS REQUIRED: 48 (16 courses).

It is strongly recommended that students orient completion of specialization coursework toward a specific discipline, and supplement required coursework with elective courses in that discipline.

REQUIRED PROGRAM COMPLETION SCHEDULE
FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS

FIRST YEAR

Fall:

Hum 660: Proseminar: Introduction to Doctoral Study, 3 credits

Hum 661: Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture I, 3 credits
Course toward C3T or PAL Specialization and/or Disciplinary Electives
Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Spring:

Hum 662:  Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture II, 3 credits

Hum 663:  Global Perspectives on the Arts and Culture, 3 credits
Course toward C3T or PAL Specialization and/or Disciplinary Electives
Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Summer:

Hum 650: Doctoral Internship, 3 credits

Hum 651:  Directed Study Project I (Book Review Project), 3 credits
Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

SECOND YEAR

Fall:

Hum 673:  Topics in Cultural Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits

and/or

Hum 674:  Topics in Aesthetic Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits
Course(s) toward C3T or PAL Track and/or Disciplinary Electives
Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

All Spring:

Hum 673:  Topics in Cultural Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits

and/or

Hum 674:  Topics in Aesthetic Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits
Course(s) toward C3T or PAL Track and/or Disciplinary Electives
Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Late Spring:

Formation of Dissertation Committee

Preliminary Draft of Dissertation Prospectus

Compilation of Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Summer:

Hum 652:  Directed Study Project II (Article Project), 3 credits

Further Drafts of Dissertation Prospectus

Study based on Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

THIRD YEAR

All Fall:

Hum 700: Dissertation Hours, 9 credits

Further Drafts of Dissertation Prospectus

Study based on Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Additionally, if applicable: final study toward Foreign Language requirement

Late Fall:

Final Draft of Dissertation Prospectus

Completion of study based on Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Completion of Foreign Language requirement

Comprehensive Exam

Spring:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Dissertation Writing

Summer:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Dissertation Writing

FOURTH YEAR

Fall:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Dissertation Writing

All Spring:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Early Spring:

Dissertation Completion

Late Spring:

Dissertation Submission and Defense

RECOMMENDED PROGRAM COMPLETION SCHEDULE
FOR PART-TIME STUDENTS

FIRST YEAR:

Fall:

Hum 660:  Proseminar: Introduction to Doctoral Study, 3 credits

Hum 661:  Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture I, 3 credits
or, if work or other schedule prohibits the courses above:

Course toward C3T or PAL Specialization and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Spring:

Hum 662:  Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture II, 3 credits

Hum 663:  Global Perspectives on the Arts and Culture, 3 credits
or, if work or other schedule prohibits the courses above:

Course toward C3T or PAL Specialization and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Summer:

Hum 650: Doctoral Internship, 3 credits

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

SECOND YEAR:

Fall:

Hum 660:  Proseminar: Introduction to Doctoral Study, 3 credits

Hum 661:  Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture I, 3 credits
or, if Hum 660 and Hum 661 have been completed:

Course toward C3T or PAL Specialization and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Spring:

Hum 662:  Historical Perspectives on the Arts and Culture II, 3 credits

Hum 663:  Global Perspectives on the Arts and Culture, 3 credits
or, if Hum 662 and Hum 663 have been completed:

Course toward C3T or PAL Specialization and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Summer:

Hum 651:  Directed Study I (Book Review Project), 3 credits

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

THIRD YEAR:

Fall:

Hum 673:  Topics in Cultural Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits

and/or

Hum 674:  Topics in Aesthetic Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits

Course(s) toward C3T or PAL Track and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Spring:

Hum 673:  Topics in Cultural Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits

and/or

Hum 674:  Topics in Aesthetic Theory or approved substitute, 3 credits

Course(s) toward C3T or PAL Track and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Summer:

Hum 652:  Directed Study II (Article Project), 3 credits

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

FOURTH YEAR:

Fall:

Courses toward C3T or PAL Track and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

All Spring:

Courses toward C3T or PAL Track and/or Disciplinary Electives

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

Late Spring:

Formation of Dissertation Committee

Preliminary Draft of Dissertation Prospectus

Compilation of Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Summer:

Hum 652:  Directed Study Project II (Article Project), 3 credits

Further Drafts of Dissertation Prospectus

Study based on Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Additionally, if applicable: study toward Foreign Language requirement

FIFTH YEAR:

All Fall:

Hum 700: Dissertation Hours, 9 credits

Additionally, if applicable: final study toward Foreign Language requirement

Early through Mid-Fall:

Completion of Dissertation Prospectus

Late Fall:

Completion of Foreign Language requirement

Comprehensive Exam

Spring:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Dissertation Writing

Summer:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Dissertation Writing

SIXTH YEAR:

Fall:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Dissertation Writing

All Spring:

Doct 600: Doctoral Candidacy

Early Spring:

Dissertation Completion

Late Spring:

Dissertation Submission and Defense

PART-TIME STUDENT PROGRAM PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT:

All students with part-time status must additionally participate in the program community through attendance at two approved events each semester.  Approved events may include Association of Humanities Academics (AHA) forums, faculty lectures, and guest lectures, some of which are held in the evening for part-time student convenience.  Students will be informed by e-mail of such events as they arise.  Students seeking credit for events not listed by the program may email the PhD Program Administrator with details.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT

A list of institutional and community partner organizations, along with Internship Guidelines and Proposal forms, are available under Ph.D. Program Documents and Forms.  The Internship Proposal form must be completed at least 30 days in advance of a projected placement.

A student teaching at the college or university level, at UofL or elsewhere, may substitute the teaching for the internship through successful acceptance of a letter written by the teaching supervisor at the close of the teaching period evaluating the student's performance.  However, the student must then enroll in another three-credit course within the program to replace the internship credit.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Choice of foreign language(s) is to be determined, for each student, in the first year of study in consultation with the PhD Program Director along with consulting faculty in the student's projected fields.

Before a student may advance to doctoral candidacy and begin the dissertation, s/he must demonstrate either a) proficiency in two classical and/or modern languages; or b) advanced proficiency in classical or modern language, in addition to English.

Proficiency in a foreign language may be demonstrated through one of the following methods:

a)  Successful acceptance by the program of a transcript from another institution verifying that proficiency in the relevant language has been attained.

b) Completion of an approved 300-level course at the university taught entirely in the relevant language, with a grade of B+ or higher.

c)  Completion of the course Hum 640: Reading Knowledge for training in and/or review of the relevant language(s) with a grade of B+ or higher.

d)  Successful completion of the Foreign Language Proficiency Examination in the relevant language.  The exam may be taken through the Department of English or, in special cases through Humanities, for a fee.  Please see the English Graduate Program Calendar to determine whether the relevant language exam is offered.  If it is not offered, please email the PhD Program Administrator.

Advanced proficiency in a foreign language may be demonstrated through one of the following methods:

a) Acceptance by the PhD Program Director of a transcript from another institution verifying that advanced proficiency in the relevant language has been attained.

b)  Completion of an approved 500- or 600-level course at the university taught entirely in the relevant language, with a grade of B+ or higher.

c)  Successful completion of the Foreign Language Advanced Proficiency Examination in the relevant language.  The examination may be taken through Humanities for a fee.  For more information, please email the PhD Program Administrator.

INDEPENDENT STUDIES

The Independent Study Application is available in the Ph.D. office.

The proposal must demonstrate that: a) the study will not duplicate any extant graduate course; b) the study is essential to the future dissertation; c) the study will be guided by a faculty member with expertise in the area of inquiry.

Any Independent Study must be approved by the program before the student may register.

DOCTORAL COMMITTEE

As the student nears completion if his/her coursework, s/he, working with the PhD Program Director, forms a doctoral committee comprised of one Committee Chair and a minimum of two other faculty members and one additional "outside reader" who is not a member of the central committee.

All proposed committees must be approved by the Program Director.

DISSERTATION PROSPECTUS

Once the Doctoral Committee is established, the student, working with members of the committee, begins to draft the Dissertation Prospectus.

The prospectus is a document of approximately 6,000 to 8,000 words, in addition to a substantial bibliography, that functions as a blueprint for the dissertation itself.  While the dissertation project may change slightly over time, it is expected that the final version will hew, overall, to the prospectus plan.

A sample standard prospectus, for reference, may be obtained from the PhD Program Administrator.

The prospectus must be approved by all members of the committee before the student can proceed to the Comprehensive Exam.  Any later changes to the plan must be approved by the committee.

The C3T Dissertation Prospectus must include:
a)  Detailed discussion of the central topic to be approached in the dissertation, including the main argument and sub-arguments to be made, general critical perspectives to be engaged, and types of materials to be covered;
b)  A detailed rationale for that topic, explaining why it is important, outlining extant critical conversations surrounding the topic, and tracing the student’s original intervention into those conversations;
c)  A detailed survey of published research to date surrounding the topic;
d)  A detailed explanation of how the student’s previous preparation and completed work renders the student a suitable scholar to undertake this specific dissertation;
e)  Detailed discussion of each planned chapter of the dissertation, including the argument(s) to be made in each, specific critical perspectives and critics’ work to be engaged, and specific materials to be covered.
f)  A monthly project completion scheduling contract.

These general guidelines are for quick reference, and are to stand only in addition to whatever dictates may be agreed upon in the individual case by the student, Doctoral Committee, and the Program director.

The PAL Dissertation Prospectus must include:

a)  Detailed discussion of the central topic(s) to be approached in the dissertation project, including the genre of the work, the general style of the work, and the research basis of the project, including general types of materials to be consulted and general critical perspectives to be engaged;
b)  A detailed rationale for that project, explaining why it is important, outlining extant critical and artistic conversations surrounding the topic, and tracing the student’s original critical and artistic interventions into those conversations;
c)  A detailed survey of published research to date and extant creative work surrounding the relevant topic(s);
d)  A detailed explanation of how the student’s previous preparation and completed work renders the student a suitable scholar and artist to undertake this specific project;
e)  Detailed discussion of each planned section of the project, including the specific critical and artistic perspectives and works to be consulted and engaged.
f)  A monthly project completion scheduling contract.

These general guidelines are for quick reference, and are to stand only in addition to whatever dictates may be agreed upon in the individual case by the student, Doctoral Committee, and the Program director.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION READING LIST

Once the Doctoral Committee is established, the student, working with members of the committee, compiles the Comprehensive Exam Reading List.  This list may include primary works as well as critical works, in both the student’s general fields and specific Dissertation field.

A typical Reading List might contain approximately between 100 and 150 items.  Such items would not only include whole books, but relevant sections of books, articles, relevant sections of articles, artistic works, etc.

The Reading List must be approved by all Doctoral Committee members, as well as the Program Director.

The Reading List will typically form much of the core of the Dissertation Bibliography.

These general guidelines are for quick reference, and are to stand only in addition to whatever dictates may be agreed upon in the individual case by the student, Doctoral Committee, and the Program director.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The Comprehensive Examination is a one-time, take-home, open-book, essay exam administered via e-mail by the PhD Program Administrator for a period of 72 hours.

The exam consists of one question -- singular or mulit-part – or set of questions from each member of the committee, to be submitted in advance of the exam to the Committee Chair and PhD Program Director for approval.  In a case in which there are more than three committee members, the total question length will be adjusted accordingly.

Each committee member will grade his/her section of the exam pass/fail.  The student must pass all sections of the exam.

If a student fails one or more portions of the exam, s/he may retake the portion(s) once, with alternate questions, within a 90-day period.  Failure to pass the re-take(s) will result in dismissal from the program.

ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY STATUS

The status of PhD Candidacy is conferred at the beginning of the first semester following successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam.  University enrollment fees are significantly reduced from that time forward.  Thus timely advancement is strongly recommended.

DISSERTATION

C3T Dissertation: the scholarly dissertation is a written work of approximately 45,000 to 75,000 words.  It typically includes four or five chapters, in addition to an introduction.  Each chapter should involve distinctly different sub-arguments and materials that, in different ways, advance the dissertation’s central argument overall.

PAL Dissertation Project: the form of the artistic dissertation project may be determined by the student and the Doctoral Committee, in conjunction with the Program Director.  It is generally expected that the artistic project is to be accompanied by a substantial written document demonstrating deep scholarly proficiency and influence as well as artistic accomplishment.

These general guidelines are for quick reference, and are to stand only in addition to whatever dictates may be agreed upon in the individual case by the student, Doctoral Committee, and the Program director.

The required course Hum 660 includes discussion of the dissertation.  In addition, yearly workshops on the dissertation will be provided by the program.

The student must submit each portion of the dissertation draft to Doctoral Committee members as scheduled.  The final draft of the dissertation must be submitted to all Committee members, and to the PhD Program Director, a minimum of 30 days before the deadline for Committee approval.

DISSERTATION DEFENSE

The Dissertation Defense is a one-hour discussion of the completed dissertation with Committee members.   The defense is an event open to the university and public communities.  In selected cases in which participation in the defense would occasion unusually high travel expenses, the defense may be completed via internet conference.

PROGRAM STANDING AND PROGRESS

Satisfactory standing in the program entails: a) regular enrollment in graduate courses, as determined for full- or part-time student status; b) timely satisfaction of all course and program requirements; c) maintenance of a minimum 3.0 grade point average; d) earning of no grade in any course lower than B; and e) standard professional deportment within the program and university communities.

Any course grade of I (Incomplete) or X (Deferred Completion) must be replaced by a grade of A through B within the semester following the course.  If it is not, it will revert to a grade of F, constitution violation of program standing policies.

The maximum program enrollment period for full-time students beginning the PhD program in the academic year 2014-15 or later is 3 years leading to Candidacy and 3 years following Advancement to Candidacy.  Potential exceptions may be processed via approved petition to the Program Director, submitted via e-mail to the PhD Program Administrator.

The maximum program enrollment period for part-time students beginning the PhD program in the academic year 2014-15 or later is 5 years leading to Candidacy and 4 years following Advancement to Candidacy.  Potential exceptions may be processed via petition to the Program Director, submitted via e-mail to the PhD Program Administrator.

Full- and part-time students beginning the PhD program previous to the academic year 2014-15 are subject solely to the general SIGS requirement that enrollment following Advancement to Candidacy not exceed 4 years.  However, such students are encouraged to follow the enrollment requirements above in order to enhance their professional standing and reduce their education costs.
In exceptional cases, that enrollment period may be extended by the PhD Program Director and/or SIGS Dean.

Failure to meet any condition of program standing or progress will be cause for review of the student's record by the Ph.D. Program Director and Steering Committee, potential placement of the student for one semester on Probationary Status, and potential subsequent dismissal from the program.

TRANSFER OF GRADUATE CREDIT

Students may be permitted to transfer up to 6 credits of comparable graduate coursework, taken within three years of entry into the PhD program, from other institutions.  Transfer credit may be only attempted after program admission.  The credit transfer petition must include detailed description of the course(s) for which credit is desired, course syllabus or syllabi, and a transcript.  For further requirements, please see the SIGS website.

GRADUATION

Students must complete all requirements for graduation as outlined on the SIGS website.   The Degree Application is available via Ulink.

NON-DEGREE STUDENT STATUS

Non-enrolled students may take certain courses in the PhD program by permission of the program.  Please direct any inquiries by e-mail to the
PhD Program Administrator.

Completion of PhD courses by non-degree students does not guarantee admission to the program.  For those admitted to the program, only 6 credits can be transferred.

Information on application for non-degree status is on the SIGS website.