Degree Information: Doctoral
Doctoral students take comprehensive examinations after completing 36 credits of graduate course work. Students select one primary and two secondary areas from one of the following lists, in consultation with her/his adviser:
e) historical texts and non-fiction
e) language acquisition
These areas are understood as reflecting Anglophone literature and linguistics especially of the Caribbean region and its diaspora. They represent fields of knowledge and not strictly course work.
In the primary area, the position paper that was prepared during the Research course (INGL 8099) and put in the student's file is counted as the pre-approved primary essay for the comprehensive exam.
In the secondary areas, a) students take sit-down exams over a two-day consecutive period for three (3) hours each, and b) these exams are scheduled for the second week in November (Semester I) or the second week in April (Semester II). (Exact dates will be announced at the beginning of the academic year.)
This examination is graded as PB (Pass Bueno), PN (Pass Notable), PS (Pass Sobresaliente), or NP (Fail). Students who do not pass the exam or pass only a portion of it receive a NP (No Pass) and must enroll in ENGL 8890 the following semester. Students have two (2) opportunities to pass the comprehensive examinations.