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Academic Honesty:

As apprentice and practicing teachers, graduate students are expected to be familiar with standards of academic honesty generally and as articulated on the Web at:

and of course they are expected to uphold these standards in their own work. Plagiarism or cheating are only under the most extraordinary circumstances questions among graduate students. However, one aspect of academic honesty deserves attention.

From time to time, students may find work they are doing in separate courses converging towards related projects or even a single project, and this is not only to be expected, but positively desirable when there is some real overlap in material. In cases where some of the same work might reasonably be submitted in different courses, a couple of principles need to be followed: first, that the permission of every instructor involved be sought in advance of beginning such a project; second, that the total amount of work reflect the number of courses involved. In the case of converging topics, faculty will probably want to see the work submitted in each course. In the case of the single paper submitted in two courses, the faculty in each course will probably want to confer with one another as well as with the student, and the final product should be a project which at least from the perspectives of research, subject matter, and, perhaps length, is doubly substantial. In the more problematic (and much less easy to justify) case of submitting revised versions of work previously handed in for an earlier course, faculty will certainly need to see both early and current versions of the work. Since all of these cases entail extra work for faculty, students should expect that sometimes permissions of this kind will be turned down even when they have intellectual merit. Once faculty approvals have been obtained, a record must be put in the student's file that details the nature of the project with the signatures of the faculty involved; forms for this purpose are available from the Graduate Coordinator.

It is the policy of the Academic Senate that "Submitting substantial portions of the same work for credit in more than one course without consulting all instructors involved" constitutes "Dishonest Conduct," the consequences of which are likely to be disastrous to a graduate student's career. When in doubt, therefore, graduate students should consult their instructors and inform them of all relevant circumstances.

Independent Study:

Independent Study Course (280): 280 contracts must be signed by the student and instructor and submitted to the Graduate Coordinator by the second week of classes. The Graduate Coordinator will secure the Director's signature and then place copies in the respective student's and instructor's mailbox. Evaluation of 280s must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator one week after grades are submitted for the applicable quarter.

Please see here to complete a 280 Independent Study Form.

Progress Towards the Degree:

The UCI Graduate Council has approved the following for the program:
  • *normal time to advancement: 4 years*
  • *normal time to degree: 7 years
  • *maximum time to degree: 8 years
*This may be different for those coming in with a M.A. and for those who are given credit for courses taken elsewhere.

Everyone concerned with the Ph.D. program in Culture and Theory has an interest in seeing degrees completed as soon as is consistent with sound professional achievement. Graduate students, especially, gain financially and professionally by finishing in a timely fashion. To prolong the degree is to risk flagging intellectual interest and energy, and there is strong evidence that a long, drawn-out degree makes the candidate less competitive on the job market.

Each stage of our Ph.D. degree is designed to be reached in a normative period, and it is to every student's advantage to move forward according to those periods. Obviously, illness and unforeseen personal circumstances may cause delay, but where these are not an issue, the program does exert some pressure on the side of normal progress. Students should be aware that lack of reasonable progress is a consideration in the awarding of TAships. In extreme cases it can result in disqualification from the program.

Workload Credit :

All graduate students must enroll for a minimum of 12 units or three courses each quarter. At least 8 units must be in regularly scheduled graduate courses. Any exception must be approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. It is program policy that part-time graduate students must enroll for 8 units. Students on a fellowship or grant are responsible for meeting the specific requirements of their individual situation. International students must check with the International Center to ascertain whether part-time study is commensurate with their visa status.