Academic Residency Requirement
To be enrolled as a full-time student, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per semester, every semester until they advance to Candidacy.
Year 1 Review
Year 2 Review
Review of student’s progress and proposed Qualifying Exam fields with Head Graduate Advisor and two faculty of the student’s choice, at least one of whom is Rhetoric faculty.
Grading and Independent Study
Foreign Language Requirements
Complete Foreign Language Requirement ideally by fall of the 3rd year. The language exam must be completed before QE orals are taken, in keeping with Graduate Division policy.
To fulfill the PhD foreign language requirement students must demonstrate advanced reading knowledge in one language either by course work (2 semesters at the upper-division level or the equivalent at UC or elsewhere, taken within four years of admission to the PhD program at Berkeley*) or through a two-hour long written examination. The examination will consist in a translation into English of a passage of around 500 words and a paraphrase of the argument of a second passage from another text likewise of around 500 words. A dictionary may be consulted. Examinations will be conducted by the Rhetoric Department whenever possible, and otherwise by another department, a graduate group, or an outside agency upon approval by the HGA. The language requirement must be completed before advancing to the oral QE.
NB: This is the minimum standard for completing the language requirement for all students. Students are encouraged to qualify in languages that are closest to their research foci. Those students who need more extensive language skills to pursue their research projects should seek advice early on in their graduate careers from their mentors and advisors on how best to achieve this goal
Optional MA Degree
An MA degree is optional for continuing Ph.D’s following the Year 2 Review. A terminal MA, if chosen, may also be awarded. The MA is contingent on fulfilling all requirements for the first two years of the program (minus 220) plus completion of an MA thesis. The thesis can be fulfilled either with an expanded version of an existing seminar paper (ca. 40 pages) or with a separate research paper, to be approved by a committee of three faculty, at least two of whom must be on the Rhetoric faculty.