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.
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.