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HSL 898 Guided Studies: Doctoral Candidacy Preparation can be taken at the latter part of the second year of doctoral study or when the student has largely completed advance coursework in their area of specialization. The purpose of the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam is to evaluate the student’s success in attaining expertise in a related set of scholarly areas sufficient for conducting original, advanced research, and successful graduate teaching in those areas. In consultation with the student’s main advisor, the student will identify several scholarly areas in which the student wishes to attain expertise. Once competency areas have been defined, the next step is to identify prospective faculty mentors/ examiners for each area (3-4 including the main advisor). The student will register for a 1 credit under each faculty to prepare for the candidacy examination. It is the responsibility of the student with the guidance of the mentor for each scholarly area to: (1) develop a reading list/bibliography, (2) write a comprehensive literature review essay, and (3) prepare for the oral exam. The course is an individual instruction course, billed at 1 semester hour, and graded P or F. There is no general course content expert for the area of specialization, and students must register in a section with their faculty mentors as ¿instructors.¿

Credits: 1-4
Distribution: Doctorate, Graduate
Prerequisites: Open to HSLS students only who have passed the qualifying exam or permission of the instructor.

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