6. The Master of Art's Degree

6.1. General Requirements:

6.1.1. Courses of Study, (regular) MA

Students are expected to complete the MA degree in 2 years. The MA requires a minimum of 40 units of graduate-level course work in either (a) three national literatures, or, (b) two national literatures and one related discipline chosen in consultation with the graduate Advisor. The 40 units of graduate-level course work must include the 4-unit Proseminar in Comparative Literature, a minimum of 8 graduate units in each of two national literatures and 4 graduate units in the student's third national literature or the related discipline. Eight additional graduate units must be taken in comparative literature. A maximum of 4 units of 596 course work can be counted toward the master's degree.

6.1.2. Courses of Study, French Specialization

Students are expected to complete the MA degree in 2 years. The MA requires a minimum of 40 units of graduate-level course work in three fields. Students will devote both fields 1 and 3 to French literary studies, with Field 3 focusing on French culture and literature in a broad interdisciplinary sense, which may include Francophone Studies, European Studies, etc. Field 2 is devoted to the study of a second national literature and will have a focus that complements that of the first field. The 40 units of graduate-level course work must include the 4-unit Proseminar in Comparative Literature, a minimum of 8 graduate units each in fields 1 and 2 and 4 graduate units in the student's third field. Eight additional graduate units must be taken in comparative literature. A maximum of 4 units of 596 course work can be counted toward the master's degree.

6.1.3. Courses of Study, German Specialization

Students are expected to complete the MA degree in 2 years. The MA requires a minimum of 40 units of graduate-level course work in three fields. Students will devote both fields 1 and 3 to German literary studies, and each field will have a focus chosen from the following: (1) Literary Period and/or Genre, (2) Theory and Philosophy (such as German Idealism, Psychoanalysis, Frankfurt School, Deconstruction), (3) Media Technology, (4) Holocaust Studies with a German emphasis, or (5) Special field defined by the candidate in close consultation with the Graduate Advisor and at least one additional German faculty member. Field 2 is devoted to the study of a second national literature and will have a focus that complements that of the first field. The 40 units of graduate-level course work must include the 4-unit Proseminar in Comparative Literature, a minimum of 8 graduate units each in fields 1 and 2 and 4 graduate units in the student's third field. Eight additional graduate units must be taken in comparative literature. A maximum of 4 units of 596 course work can be counted toward the master's degree.

6.2. The Field Exam

By the end of the second year of study, students must pass a written qualifying field examination or successfully complete a thesis in a national literature other than the literature of their native language. (See section 8 below).

6.3. Continuation to the PhD

Upon completion of the Master’s degree (the first major Field Examination), an assessment of the student’s overall progress in graduate study will be conducted. The student should submit the following documentation as input to the review: completion of a self-assessment of completed work and plan for doctoral work, unofficial transcripts, first field examination with detailed feedback from examination committee, CV, and letters from faculty. The student will receive a written evaluation of the faculty’s assessment of their development, their promise for independent, innovation and original research, and for completion of doctoral study (Updated Spring 2017).