There are several steps to the successful completion of the Ph.D.
During the first semester of study, each student should
Students in Continental European history must pass their foreign language examination before the end of the first semester; all other students are urged to pass their foreign language exam by the end of their third semester in the program. It should be noted, especially for students planning major fields in Continental European history, that merely passing the foreign language examination is not necessarily equivalent to demonstrating the kind of mastery necessary to conduct primary research in European archives. Additional language study may be required by dissertation directors, even after a student passes his or her foreign language examination.
All students must complete a "Doctoral Program Planning Form" by the end of their first full year of studies. The Director of Graduate Studies can assist with this form.
During their first year, students should identify their teaching field which must be in a non-American or non-European field. (In very rare cases a student may petition to substitute a different fourth field, subject to approval by the graduate committee.) Competency in this teaching field will be certified by the following:
The requirements for this field will be fulfilled when the above steps are completed and the Graduate Committee approves the field (ideally by the end of the third year in the doctoral program).
Students are responsible for scheduling their own doctoral qualifying exams (DQES) in consultation with their dissertation director. It is strongly recommended to schedule them fourth full semester of classes and no later than the start of the fifth semester in the doctoral program. Delays beyond this period may result in the loss of funding. (NB: all successful applicants for University research fellowships must complete their examinations by the beginning of the semester in which their fellowships begin.)
Upon passing the DQE, students must complete the "Doctoral Dissertation Outline.This form includes submission of the proposal for the dissertation research. Once this form has been signed by all committee members and submitted to the Graduate School, the student advances to candidacy (that is, they are considered ABD--all but dissertation.)
Students are expected to stay in close contact with their dissertation directors while researching and writing their dissertations. Once a student begins producing chapters, the student and his or her director must decide whether to ask other members of the dissertation committee to read chapters as they are written or wait until an entire draft is completed. The dissertation committee consists of the director and two other faculty members (in rare cases, and with the permission of the dissertation director and the director of graduate studies, a faculty member from another department or institution can be appointed to the dissertation committee).
Prior to the defense, students must allow the full committee