The Dissertation Prospectus should be completed and approved by the end of the quarter following completion of the General Examination, but must be completed and approved by the end of Autumn Quarter of the fifth year (fourth year for those entering with a master's degree).
By the end of the quarter following completion of the General Examination, the student should complete a dissertation prospectus outlining a plan for the writing of the dissertation. This prospectus should document the thesis, indicate the problems to be investigated, lay out the intellectual conversations, identify sources and methods to be used, and provide a summary of chapters and a bibliography. Sample prospectuses are on file in the English Graduate Office.
Once the dissertation director has approved the prospectus, the student should submit copies to the Reading Committee. Members may then suggest or require changes. After all concerns have been addressed, the Reading Committee as a whole is responsible for approving the prospectus, which may be done at a meeting or through the mail. The student obtains signatures on the Prospectus Approval form and submits a copy of the approved prospectus to the English Graduate Office.