Advising and Registration

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Advising and Registration

The advising relationship between student and faculty advisor is an integral part of graduate education. The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) initially advises each graduate student in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs, while the Director of the M.F.A. program initially advises each student in that program. In their second semester, graduate students select an individual faculty advisor in consultation with the DGS, and in accordance with the student’s areas of interest and the faculty member’s areas of research or creative writing expertise. Once the faculty advisor has been chosen, students meet with that advisor for continued course and exam planning. All students may consult at any time with the DGS.

Once selected by the student, the faculty advisor, in consultation with the student, will propose an advisory committee of three to four faculty members, according to the degree program. Typically students will form their advisory committees by the end of their second semester in the program.  Each student should meet with his or her advisory committee at least once a year, particularly in preparation for exams or thesis writing. The specific procedures for choosing advisory committee members are outlined in the Graduate Program Manual of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

A normal full time course-load for graduate students who hold a 50% teaching assistantship is three graduate courses a semester, that is, 9 semester hours (s.h.) for a total of 18 s.h an academic year.  Minimum course registration is 2 s.h. Students who fail to register for a period of 12 months or more must apply for readmission to the Graduate College. Maximum registration is 15 graduate s.h. for Fall or Spring and 12 graduate s.h. for the 12-week summer session. M.A. students in the fourth semester of enrollment who are taking the M.A. exam and who may have fewer than three courses left to fulfill the degree requirements or Ph.D. students who are presenting the comprehensive exam and also have fewer than three courses left to fulfill the degree requirements may register for fewer than 9 s.h. Students who have passed the doctoral comprehensive examination and who are working on their dissertation register either for thesis hours or for Doctoral Continuous Registration. Details on registration requirements can be found both in the Graduate Program Manual of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Graduate College Manual of Rules and Regulations.