Students should begin thinking about their field(s) of specialization and their dissertation topic as soon as possible. Based on these considerations, students with the MA from UCSB should be ready to choose a PhD committee by Fall quarter of their 1st year in the doctoral program. Those with the MA from another institution should be prepared to do so by the end of Spring quarter of their first year in the program. The committee will be comprised of a minimum of 3 UC ladder faculty members, 2 (including Chair) must be in the home department (affiliated with Comparative Literature). Additional members may be at departmental discretion.