The Literature Program

Moderation

For Moderation, the student submits a 10- to 12-page critical essay based on work for one of the sequence courses; In addition, the student submits the two short Moderation papers required of all students. The first short paper is a reflection on what has led the student to this point in his or her studies; the second reflects on the student’s aspirations for work in the Upper College. The papers are evaluated by the student’s adviser and two other members of the Literature Program faculty.

Preparing for Moderation

1. Students submit two short papers to the Registrar (due dates posted on the online Academic Calendar).

2. Moderations Boards are composed of the student’s adviser and two other member of the Literature Program faculty. After the Moderation Boards have been determined with the input of both student and adviser, students submit both short papers as well as a 10-12 page critical essay to all three members of the Board. Papers must be submitted at least a week before the date scheduled for the Board.

3. Students should bring all three papers to the Moderation Board and be prepared to discuss them constructively and critically.

Required Papers

  • Paper 1: Approximately two pages. This paper should reflect on the process that has led the student to this point (e.g. motivation to study literature in the Upper College, courses taken, areas of particular interest, areas for improvement).
  • Paper 2: Approximately two pages. This paper should reflect on the student’s aspirations for work in the Upper College (e.g. intended courses, intended areas of focus, ideas for the Senior Project).
  • The critical essay: 10-12 pages. The critical essay should represent what the student feels to be his or her strongest work to date and should be taken from a sequence course. Exceptions are at the discretion of the adviser.       

Note

Boards are centrally scheduled by the program.  Students may name up to three faculty members in addition to the adviser in contributing to the board composition process. One of those three requests will be selected; a third member is designated as an “outside” member who will not necessarily know the student or his/her work personally