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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Comparative Literature Indiana University Bloomington



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Course Requirements

A total of 90 credit hours, including 65 credit hours of course work, of which 35 credit hours must be in Comparative Literature. Up to 30 credit hours earned for the Master’s Degree may be counted toward this total, but the research hours given for the doctoral dissertation may not. The dissertation must not exceed 25 credit hours of C810. All graduate students will be required to take C501 (Introduction to Contemporary Literary Studies), C502 (Fields and Methods of Comparative Literature), and two literature survey courses offered by the Department, one dealing with the pre-modern period and one dealing with the modern period. The first survey requirement would normally be met by taking C505, C521, C523, or C525; the second survey requirement would normally be met by taking C506, C529, C533, C535, C537 or C538. In addition, Ph.D. students must complete a proseminar chosen from graduate courses in Comparative Literature that have not been used to fulfill other course requirements. (See the discussion of the proseminar requirement under M.A. Degree Coursework Requirements.) In special cases,
petitions to substitute courses for the period courses listed above may be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies or the Department Chair.

Many courses from other departments involving a comparative approach may be counted toward the Comparative Literature major. These courses are listed under the heading “Comparative Literature” in the Graduate School Bulletin. If a question arises, consult the Department Chair or the Director of Graduate Studies. With the consent of his or her advisor, a student may also apply to have a course that is not cross-listed count toward the Comparative Literature major. Approval for such an arrangement should be obtained from the Department Chair or the Director of Graduate Studies before the student enrolls in the course. Only by way of exception can a student ask that a course offered by another department be counted as a Comparative Literature course. Note: All requests for exceptions must be approved with the written consent of the Director of Graduate Studies.

The Dissertation

A dissertation is required and is graded under C810 or G901. The number of credits granted under C810 varies since the credits should bring the student’s total hours to 90. Only one credit hour of C810 or G901 is required for acceptance of the dissertation; no more than 25 credit hours of dissertation research may be included in the minimum of 90 credit hours required for the doctoral degree. The grade of “R” is automatically awarded for work on the dissertation until it is defended and accepted.

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation defense is an oral examination held after the dissertation has been completed but before it is bound. The student must arrange the time and date of this defense with the dissertation director and the members of his or her committee at least five weeks in advance. Any member of the Graduate School faculty at Indiana University may attend the defense, but usually only the student’s committee is present. A summary of no less than 150 words (maximum: one double-spaced, typed page) must be submitted to the Comparative Literature Graduate Studies Office. The announcement should be informative and contain a brief statement of the principal results and conclusions. It must be approved and signed by the dissertation director, and must be submitted to the Graduate School thirty days prior to the defense.

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Full Time (90 credit hours)

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$26,723.00 (19,58,780) per year

USD $5,909 Second 8 weeks summer fee


13 Jan, 24 Aug


College of Arts and Sciences

Owen Hall,

790 E. Kirkwood Avenue,



47405, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution and evidence of academic potential to complete an advanced degree

Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25

Applicants whose native language is not English should submit proof of such proficiency by the time they apply for admission. Normally this is done by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results of this test should be submitted as part of the application for admission.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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