Courses: Students must enroll in the first year for GR8910 Introduction to History and Historiography and for GR8061 Topics in Pre-Modern European History sometime during the first two years (if offered). In addition, students must take two research courses in the first two years; they are strongly advised to take one each semester, for a total of four. Usually, the research requirement is met in 8000-level seminars, but students can, in consultation with the lecturer and supervisor, replace 3000 or 4000-level courses or self-study if necessary. As a rule, students take three courses per semester in the first year and two per semester in the second year. Students who fail exams in two languages at the beginning of the first semester should usually take language courses in the first year.
Languages: Before the oral exam, students have to take language exams in French, German and Latin. Students can also be required to take exams in other languages relevant to their research. Entering students must take the first exams after enrollment for Latin and either French or German.
Oral: The oral exams must be taken by the end of the sixth semester; they are encouraged to take the exam as early as possible in the third year. Oral subjects usually include three subjects in medieval subjects (defined geographically, chronologically and / or thematically) and a fourth subject in a different era or discipline.
Promotionsprospekt: Students are encouraged to defend their dissertation prospectuses in the sixth or early seventh semester; you can do this sooner.
Advanced standing: Advanced students are not required to complete the second year of study, but must complete two semesters of research courses and may wish to continue the study work beyond the first year. Although the above deadline for the sixth semester for oral exams matches the GSAS deadline for the M.Phil. for students with advanced status, these students should discuss with their supervisors an accelerated schedule for the oral exams and the prospectus defense.