Project Coordinators Philipp Lehmann plehmann [at] fas. He works on scientific ideas of climate change and desertification and their relation to projects of environmental transformation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The AM is an integral part of the doctoral program, and therefore only students who intend to pursue the PhD are eligible for admission to the Graduate Program in English.
The Program The program takes from four to seven years to complete, with the majority finishing in five or six years. The fourth, fifth and, where necessary, sixth years are spent completing the doctoral dissertation.
From the third year until the final year when they are generally supported by Dissertation Completion Fellowshipsstudents also devote time to teaching and to developing teaching skills.
Students with prior graduate training or those with a demonstrated ability may complete their dissertations in the fourth or fifth years. Students are strongly discouraged from taking more than seven years to complete the program except under the most exceptional circumstances.
The program aims to provide the PhD candidate with a broad knowledge of the field of English, including critical and cultural theory. Additional important skills include facility with the tools of scholarship—ancient and modern foreign languages, bibliographic procedures, and textual and editorial methods.
The program also emphasizes the ability to write well, to do solid and innovative scholarly and critical work in a specialized field or fields, to teach effectively, and to make articulate presentations at conferences, seminars, and symposia. Residence The minimum residence requirement is two years of enrollment in full-time study, with a total of at least fourteen courses completed with honor grades no grade lower than B.
The minimum standard for satisfactory work in the Graduate School is a B average in each academic year. Courses A minimum of 14 courses must be completed no later than the end of the second year. At least ten courses must be at the graduate level, and at least six of these ten must be taken within the department.
Graduate students in the English department will have priority for admission into level courses. The remaining courses may be either at the or the level. Independent Study and Creative Writing Students may petition to take one of the level courses as independent study English with a professor, but not before the second term of residence.
Other independent study courses will be permitted only in exceptional circumstances and with the consent of the professor and director of graduate studies DGS. Only one creative writing course, which counts as a level course, may count toward the PhD degree course requirements. Credit For Work Done Elsewhere Advanced Standing Once the student has completed at least three level courses with a grade of A or A- a maximum of four graduate-level courses may be transferred from other graduate programs, at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Transferred courses will not count toward the minimum of ten required level courses, but will be counted as level courses.
Incompletes No more than one Incomplete may be carried forward at any one time by a graduate student in the English Department.
It must be made up no later than six weeks after the start of the next term.The Prospectus You should consult your adviser to form a prospectus committee of at least three members of the faculty (including the primary adviser).
After meeting as a group with the candidate, committee members should provide extensive written comments on the proposal to the student within one month of receiving it.
Your humble blogger is currently knee-deep in dissertation prospectuses (prospecti?), a rather curious literary form. Here at the Fletcher School, a dissertation prospectus is a Ph.D.
student’s. A dissertation prospectus will be submitted for review and approval by all members of the Department. Normally, this occurs in the spring of the fourth year of graduate study. Prospectus: When the student has satisfactorily completed all other requirements, a dissertation prospectus is written and a prospectus committee is formed (consisting of at least three members; Micro-organizational behavior track committees must include at least two Harvard faculty having ladder appointments, at least one of whom must be from.
Complete Dissertation Prospectus by November following generals. Possible Fellowship Applications: Kennedy, Knox, Sheldon, Cheah, Lurcy. (expected application by all G3s, November deadline) Summer Language Waiver; Graduate Society Summer Awards (prospectus must be completed by time of application) – January deadline.
The dissertation is expected to be a mature and competent piece of writing, embodying the results of significant original research.
Physical requirements for preparing a dissertation (i.e., quality of paper, format, binding, etc.) are prescribed online in the Guide for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations; a copy is also available in the Graduate School Office.