The University of Massachusetts Amherst

During your first year as a doctoral student in comparative literature, you will focus on your academic coursework and developing your teaching skills as a TA, working alongside a faculty mentor and leading discussion sections for a faculty-led lecture course. A standard course load for doctoral students is three graduate courses (nine credits) per semester, in addition to the one-credit TA workshop or language study. You are expected to complete all course-related requirements in the semester in which they are due; you are permitted one active incomplete (INC) at most. All first-year students meet regularly with the graduate program director (GPD) who serves as their official advisor and approves their course selections each semester.