Second Year


During second year, you will again take six hours of coursework, three per semester. You will also begin the turn towards your dissertation as you select your committee and begin to put reading lists together. Feel free to ask older students about their experiences as you put together your committee. You can also check out Sample Comps Lists here.



  • Fall Semester: Select Committee Members – three professors from the department. You will eventually need a fourth outside reader as well.
  • September: Second Year Conference
  • March 31: Comprehensive Examination Committee registration due. You’ll receive these forms late February/ early March.
  • May 15: Comprehensive Exam Lists due. You’ll work with your committee during the spring semester to develop these lists: two major lists (75-100 texts) and one minor list (50-75) are required.