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Coursework should be interdisciplinary. Graduate students must do the following while pursuing the PhD:
- Four core courses: (8201, 8202, 8401, 8801)
- Three one-semester courses from the American Studies specialty seminars
- One comparative culture course covering international or non-U.S. subjects
- Field of Concentration consists of seven adviser-approved courses, one of which must be a cultural pluralism course
- 24 thesis credits are also required
- Reading knowledge of one foreign language.
Preliminary Exams: Written & Oral
The American Studies Preliminary Examination Portfolio consists of three written components:
- Subfield Paper #1, a broad-based definition and explanation of a first subfield
- Subfield Paper #2, an annotated syllabus for an undergraduate introductory course in a second subfield
- Dissertation Project Statement (Together these are the Preliminary Written Examination.), and an oral review (Preliminary Oral Examination). Portfolios are individually tailored to each student's program.
Students carrying a full-time load generally take three years to complete course work, and two years to complete the dissertation. It is possible, but difficult, to complete this degree in a total of four years. Students are expected to complete the writing and defense of the dissertation by the end of their seventh year in the program.