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.
The Senior Project Process
Senior Projects in Literature represent a year’s worth of writing, research, and thinking. Students usually decide on the nature of their Senior Project in the spring of their junior year and are matched with a faculty member in Literature to serve as their Senior Project adviser at that time. The student meets with this adviser once a week for an hour or so throughout the senior year to discuss the Senior Project, which generally ranges from 40 to 70 pages in length.
Requirements for Graduate Study
Students contemplating graduate work in literature might bear in mind that there is no equivalent to Bard’s Literature Program, with its combined offerings in literature, foreign languages, and creative writing. Instead, there are departments of English (where students are expected to study the literature of the British Isles, the United States, and other Anglophone countries); departments of French, German, Italian, etc. (where students are expected to study the literature of these national traditions); and departments of comparative literature (where students are expected to study multiple literatures in their original languages). There are also a few graduate programs in rhetoric, for students interested in argumentation and discourse studies.