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Summer 2021 Exam Defenses

  • July 5, 2021, 9-11am: Lang Wang:  "Aspirations and Ambivalences of the New Woman: French and Chinese   Women’s Press and Fiction in the Early Twentieth Century, 1900–1930"  

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Graduate Students

Comparative Literature is a Master of Arts and Ph.D. granting program that offers students the opportunity to study literatures and cultures from a variety of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches. Students are expected to study with faculty in multiple languages, from the English department and the School of Languages and Cultures, and may take classes in a variety of critical theories, literatures and subjects. Associated Comparative Literature faculty members include specialists in Literatures of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, along with Philosophy, Rhetorical Theory, and Women's Studies. Students are also encouraged to take classes from across the College of Liberal Arts curriculum to gain a better understanding of their chosen field. Our graduate population is diverse, hailing from all over the world, and working in many different historical periods, with varied theoretical approaches. Comparative Literature at Purdue is especially geared towards studies that cut across traditional national, linguistic, and temporal boundaries, such as Medieval, Renaissance, Postcolonial, and Global studies. In conjunction with the English department and the School of Languages and Cultures, the Comparative Literature program also offers seminars in Comparative Literature, details about which can be found on the courses page. The program has a range of financial resources available to fund its graduate students.  The Comparative Literature Program is recognized by the State of Indiana as a degree-granting program which offers its own admissions through the Graduate School.

Plan of Study

Each graduate student admitted to a degree program must file a Plan of Study (POS). A formal Plan of Study should be created as early as feasible in the student's career because it guides a student's academic degree progress. A Plan of Study is an academic contract between a student, the faculty members of the advisory committee, and the Graduate School. All departmental and Graduate School policies related to the filing of a Plan of Study must be adhered to explicitly.

Students will file their plan of study electronically. Access to the electronic Plan of Study Generator (POSG) is via the MyPurdue portal. MyPurdue can be found at The link for the Plan of Study Generator (POSG) is located under the Academic link. The Graduate School provides access to the POSG.

Once you are in the Academic tab, click on the POSG link. A new browser window will open with the Graduate School links available to you. 

To begin your plan of study, click on the Plan of Study Generator link, and then click on "Create new plan of study" link. Once in the POSG, refer to the Help buttons located on each page to assist you in using the electronic POSG. You do not need to complete the entire form in one sitting; you may save your plan of study and return to it later. You may not bookmark any pages within the Graduate School link. To return to the POSG, you must login to MyPurdue.

When you have completed your plan of study and feel it is ready for review of your advisory committee, submit your plan as a Draft. All plans of study must first be submitted as a Draft before you can submit your plan as a Final. While your plan is in Draft status, review the information with your advisory committee and your departmental coordinator to ensure that it satisfies department and Graduate School policies. Use your draft as a basis to discuss your academic and research goals with your advisory committee members. Once your entire committee has verbally accepted your plan of study, return to the POSG and submit your plan as a "Final." The plan of study form will be electronically routed, reviewed and, if approved, signed by your departmental coordinator, your advisory committee, and the Graduate School. You may check the status of your plan at any time by returning to the POSG and clicking on the Display Submitted Plan of Study link.

Once the Graduate School has approved your plan of study, you should check it every semester to monitor your academic degree progress.

To make changes to the Plan of Study, follow the instructions on the POSG.

To help you complete your plan of study more efficiently, following are some helpful links:

Graduate School Policy and Procedures Manual (refer to section VII)

Travel Reimbursement Information

In order to receive funding for conferences and other academic travel, you must first contact your program director for preapproval.  All travel requests and reimbursements must now be submitted through the Concur Travel & Expense system.  Please see the links below for further information.