Our residential format programs offer a variety of concentrations.

Each student will take both seminars and colloquiums in their respective fields. Students will also be required to pass two research language exams. After completing seminars during the initial stage of the program, students take comprehensive exams that assess their learning in their areas of study. The program then culminates in the research phase as students write and defend their dissertation.

The difference between a seminar and a colloquium

Ph.D. study is pursued in large part through area seminars in the student’s major and minor fields of study. Seminars involve reading, research and writing on a focused topic in a particular area of study. The colloquium serves as a forum for exploration of literature, issues, and developments in the student’s field of study. Though students complete seminars in both their major and minor areas of study, colloquia are only taken in their major field of study.

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