The following requirements supplement
the general requirements set forth by the UW Graduate School in
the General Catalog (see the Graduate
School Admissions page for further information). All students,
whether or not they have earned an M.A. at another institution,
must complete the M.A. requirements before entering the Ph.D. program.
Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on the level of performance
with the M.A. requirements.
There are four general requirements for the completion of the doctoral
- general written examination
- general oral examination
- final examination
The qualifying paper
constitutes the written portion of the general examination. The general
oral examination is normally a presentation and defense of the student’s
The student must complete a total of 12 graduate level courses, of which at least six are seminars. All classes must be graded with at least a 3.0 or better in each before being awarded the Ph.D. (seminars taken to
fulfill the M.A. requirements may count toward this total). A student’s
supervisory committee may, however, require additional courses.
In the fall of the third year, students are required to enroll for the department's proseminar (PHIL 500). This course is designed to help students make the transition from coursework to dissertation writing and includes a 20 page literature review (surveying work in the area in which they expect to write a dissertation). This literature review will be graded, and is a requirement of the program.
There is no departmental language requirement. However, in writing
a dissertation a student must be able to deal with primary sources
in the original language of the source. All language requirements
are determined by the student’s supervisory committee. A student
should develop the needed language skills as early as possible in
his/her career. The student should consult with the director of
graduate studies during the first and second year in the M.A. program
to insure that he/she is developing any needed language skills.
A student’s supervisory committee determines whether a student
in the Ph.D. program is making satisfactory progress. Satisfactory
progress for the Ph.D. program includes steady and substantial progress
toward the completion of the dissertation. Sanctions for failure
to make satisfactory progress are the same as described for the
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