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The Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Doctoral Program (CCR)

Current Students: Degree Timeline

First Year students will take required core courses and begin to study the Core Reading Exam List. Students awarded Teaching Assistantships teach three undergraduate writing studio sections per academic year, usually two in the fall and one in the spring, and participate in The Writing Program's teaching practicum course with weekly meetings. Students awarded Fellows typically take additional coursework in their first fellowship year. Students are encouraged to propose conference papers for national or regional conferences from the first year.

In the Second Year, students complete their required course work. During the academic year, they should continue studying the Core Reading List as well as choose either choose a seminar paper on which to base their exam-mandated publishable article or begin work on the annotated bibliography, also required as part of the comprehensive exams. Initial conversations with possible Exam committee members should also occur. During the summer of their second year, students will actually take the Core Reading List exam. Second year students are also registered for the Future Professoriate Project and begin participating in FPP events. Teaching Assistants develop courses and begin collecting material for a professional portfolio.

By the Third Year, in the Fall Semester, students should select an exam committee and complete the final two portions of the comprehensive exam (publishable article/annotated bibliography). Once exams are completed, students should select a dissertation committee and work begins on the prospectus, which should be approved early in the Spring semester. Students continue to participate in the Future Professoriate Project, work with their teaching mentor, and develop and teach an upper-division course. Student should continue to present papers at conferences, and to develop their research into journal articles when appropriate.

Students who have followed the degree timeline to this point will have the Fourth Year available for