Oral qualifying examination
The oral qualifying examinations test the student’s knowledge in the areas of German literature, film, and German applied linguistics. The oral exam is based on a set reading list in applied linguistics and literature and film studies. The exam is not a comprehensive exam, and the list of readings and viewings by no means covers all of applied linguistics, German-language literature, or German-language film. Rather, the list is a guide to some of the most important works in these fields, but not all of the important works, because that is simply not possible in any list of this kind.
Students are strongly encouraged to ask their mentors for advice on how to proceed and study for the exams.
Preparing for the oral qualifying examination
- Focus on gleaning the most important information from each work – avoid getting bogged down in details. (Developing the ability to tell the difference is a useful skill.)
- Form a study group and make presentations to each other on particular works.
- Develop questions about the works and discuss possible answers with each other.
- Make good use of encyclopaedias and reference works to supplement your reading and reinforce your learning.
Written qualifying examination
The written exam is intended to prepare the student to write the dissertation prospectus. It covers in broader fashion the context of a possible dissertation topic chosen by the student and the methodology/ies that could be used to explore this topic. It is a take-home exam, 72 hours in duration.