Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC)
Idealized Timeline for the PhD Program in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Semester 1 4 courses
Semester 2 4 courses
First modern language exam before the beginning of 3rd semester.
Semester 3 3 courses + TA-ship
Semester 4 3 courses + TA-ship + MA
Qualifying (preliminary) Examinations early in the 4th semester.
For students continuing, MA to be completed by the end of August.
Students taking a terminal MA may register for two semesters of MA thesis preparation at reduced tuition.
Second modern language examination before the beginning of 5th semester. Students will be able to take French or German for reading proficiency during the summer.
Semester 5 3 courses + TA-ship
Semester 6 3 courses + TA-ship = 20 cu’s
Summer between Third and Fourth Years
Preparation for Candidacy (comprehensive) Examinations
Semester 7 Candidacy Examinations
Students should complete a draft of the proposal within three or four months.
Semester 8 Dissertation proposal
Dissertation research proposal must be approved no later than end of the 8th semester.
Fifth Year = Last semesters of guaranteed funding
Semester 9 Additional courses (?) and/or dissertation research
Public presentation of dissertation research in the 9th or 10th semester.
Semester 10 Additional courses (?) and/or dissertation research
Sixth Year = First semesters on low dissertation tuition
Semester 11 Dissertation research and writing (with support from SAS DRF, SAS or Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, etc.)
Semester 12 Dissertation research and writing
Semester 13 Dissertation writing
Semester 14 Dissertation writing
Students who do not complete the dissertation by the end of their 10th year will be dropped from the PhD program.