Department of English at Illinois State University

Important
Deadlines

 

Friday, May 28th

Synthesis Statement due to department's graduate office (STV 409E) from MA students wanting to take the MA comprehensive exam in June.

Thursday, June 17th

Summer MA Comp Exam

Master's Comp exam, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 place STV 409E.

 

For other deadlines, see the graduate school's list of dates and deadlines.

Last updated 4-13-2010

Information about Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Process

 

Process for Specialization Exam

In brief, the process for taking the Specialization component of the exam is as follows:

  • Send Diane Smith an e-mail informing her that you intend to begin the comprehensive exam process. Diane will then assign you an ID# for your exam. She will e-mail that number back to you. You will have the same ID# for both the specialization and English Studies components of the exam.
  • Write reading list and rationale with input from your advisor.
  • Make three copies of your rationale and reading list for the specialization exam. The first copy should have your name on it, and it should also include the signature of your advisor indicating that the reading list and rationale have been approved. The second and third copies should have your assigned ID# (see above) at the top of the first page and should include no other identifying marks;

Once Diane receives the signed copy of the reading list and rationale and the additional two copies, you may no longer consult your advisor about the exam and will have four weeks to complete the specialization component of the exam. At the end of the exam period, please provide Diane with two hard copies and e-mail her an electronic copy (do not put your name on the exam response—use your assigned ID# only).

Process for English Studies Exam

In brief, the process for taking the English Studies component of the exam is as follows:

  • If you haven’t already done so for the specialization component of the comprehensive exam, send Diane Smith an e-mail informing her that you intend to begin the comprehensive exam process. Diane will then assign you an ID# for your exam. She will e-mail that number back to you. You will have the same ID# for both the specialization and English Studies components of the exam.
  • Write reading list and proposal with input from your advisor.
  • Four weeks before you intend to deliver your oral presentation, make three copies of your proposal and reading list for the English Studies exam. All three copies should include both your name and ID#, and the first copy should also include the signature of your advisor indicating that the proposal and reading list have been approved. Please work with the Graduate Secretary upon turning in your reading list and proposal to schedule a day, time, and location for your presentation. Also, please let the Graduate Secretary know if you would like the presentation to be videotaped. Once you turn in the approved proposal and reading list, you will work independently on preparing your presentation. During the four weeks leading up to your presentation, you may not consult with your advisor on matters relating to your exam.
  • Two weeks before your presentation/examination, turn in to the Graduate Secretary a one-page abstract of your English Studies presentation. The abstract, which should clearly articulate what the presentation will be about, does not need prior approval by your advisor.