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
Candidates for the PhD are required to demonstrate competence in two foreign languages. Graduate Division accepts any natural language with a system of writing if the Department certifies that 1) the language has scholarly value in the field; 2) the language is integral to the training of a particular student; and 3) a person qualified to administer the examination is available. Deadlines for fulfilling language requirements are strictly enforced. The first language requirement should be fulfilled by the end of the first year. Students must fulfill the second language requirement by the end of the semester before they take their Qualifying Examination. Ordinarily the second language requirement will be fulfilled by the end of the fifth semester, followed by the Qualifying Examination in the sixth semester.
Both of the two language requirements may be fulfilled by examination, in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate Division: translation of a 300-500 word passage with the aid of a dictionary in no more than 90 minutes. The examinations are regularly administered in the Department, normally toward the end of each semester. According to Graduate Division requirements an examination in any language may be taken only twice.
One of the language requirements may be fulfilled by course work. The student must demonstrate advanced competence in the language of his or her choice by completing an upper division course at UC Berkeley with the grade of B or better. Course sequences of four semesters (six quarters) in a certified language completed at any UC campus automatically fulfill the requirement. If students take courses at other institutions, those courses must be validated by Graduate Division.