The Structure of Your Graduate Career: An Ideal Plan

  • Gregory M. Colón Semenza


In reference to the indefensibly low retention rates of most graduate departments in the humanities, Cary Nelson has demonstrated that “Graduate students who leave [academe] often report a poor understanding of the structure and process of graduate education.”1 Indeed, considering the numerous, vaguely defined hoops through which graduate students must jump to obtain a Ph.D., it’s not difficult to understand why many feel lost or why their lack of direction leads to more serious problems. This chapter seeks to empower you by giving you a very clear sense of direction.


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  1. 1.
    Cary Nelson and Stephen Watt, Academic Keywords: A Devil’s Dictionary for Higher Education (New York and London: Routledge, 1999), 73.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    E. D. Hirsch, Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987), 2.Google Scholar

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