(Specializations in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism)
The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.
The curricular requirements include:
Every spring semester, students in the PhD program will submit yearly reports of their curricular, production, and scholarly work over the past year. PhD faculty will hold meetings reviewing student progress at the conclusion of each spring semester. Students will receive feedback regarding the evaluation of their progression through the program.
Successful completion of general exams will involve three components:
- Comprehensive written exams (two four-hour exams)
- First exam - primarily short answer (general breadth—content questions from the areas of Theater History/Practice, Dramatic Literature, and Theory/Criticism).
- Second exam - broader essays, three out of four (integrative—address important issues in Theater Studies through an integrated approach utilizing historical, critical, and literary analysis).
- Professional competencies/portfolio
- Statement of teaching philosophy
- Book and/or performance review
- Bibliography for specialty area
- Essay revised for journal submission
- Updated professional C.V.
- Prospectus writing and defense
- Specialty question (a written research project intended to prepare the student for the prospectus)
- Prospectus writing (completed under the supervision of the major advisor)
- Creation of dissertation committee
- Prospectus defense with dissertation committee
A successful oral defense of dissertation before committee members and submission of the dissertation to the Graduate School is required.