Students will design preliminary examinations in American Studies to train them as scholar/teachers able to present their ideas as part of a course design and/or as the beginnings of a scholarly project. The examinations will allow students to:
- gain a broad overview of three fields of study enabling them to teach introductory courses in one or more University departments or interdisciplinary programs,
- provide an understanding of the state of scholarship allowing the location of both potential models for their own work as well as possible dissertation topics,
- prepare a syllabus to show mastery of teaching and present a pre-proposal for a dissertation.
The exams will last for two hours and the student will be examined by three current or former members of the Brown faculty
Schedule to Preliminary Exams
Students will work with the DGS to consider their courses in light of possible fields and dissertation topics. The DGS will help students prepare a summer reading list.
Students will work, independently, to conceive of three fields and a series of questions in which they are interested.
First Semester: Students will begin reading courses with potential preliminary exam advisors to locate beginning books and questions; in AMCV2520, students will workshop their field questions and beginning books, as well as draft a syllabus
Second Semester: Students will present to the Department of American Studies for review by February 28, the following:
- Three field essays laying out important questions
- Three sets of 5-10 beginning books
- Three signed cover sheets
- One overview essay explaining how the fields fit together and how they help prepare them for teaching and research
- One month before the exam, students send the committee a copy of their syllabus.
- One week before the exam, students send the committee their dissertation pre-proposal.
- By October 30, students will take their preliminary examinations.