Students enrolled in the program should consult the requirements for graduate study found in the University of Colorado Boulder Catalog. Students are responsible for adhering to the rules stated in this publication as well as to the rules of the Department of History.
Since an incoming student is subject to the degree, major, and certification requirements in effect at the time of formal admission, please keep these rules and your University of Colorado Boulder Catalog for reference.
The Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History will assign each new student an advisor (students may subsequently change advisors with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies).
The advisor will assist the student in planning a suitable graduate program and in selecting an advisory committee. This committee, chaired by the advisor, will help the student to prepare for the comprehensive examination, and will advise him or her on M.A. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation research and writing.
Students are expected to remain in close contact with their major advisor and their committee. Non-resident students should communicate regularly with their advisor.
To remain in good standing a student may carry no more than one Incomplete. Students with more than one incomplete course will be placed on probation and be given a maximum of one semester to make up all of the incomplete work. Students carrying more than one Incomplete for more than one semester will be suspended from the program. Upon completion of the course requirements, students will be considered for reinstatement.
Course work through Independent Study may be taken on the recommendation of the student's advisor and with the approval of the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. M.A. students may take up to six hours and Ph.D. students may take up to nine hours of independent study toward their degree requirements.
A student may file a complaint with the Chair of the department or with the Executive Committee of the department (if the complaint is against the Chair). Grievances that are not satisfactorily resolved by the Chair or the Executive Committee may be referred to a three-member committee of inquiry consisting of graduate faculty members of the department. The committee of inquiry will report its findings to the department at a departmental meeting. The department will render its judgment by majority vote. Subsequent appeals may be made to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
Each student is expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree, and course work must be completed on time. Satisfactory progress is defined as six hours of course work per semester. Students working on a thesis or dissertation must demonstrate to their advisor that they are making satisfactory progress toward its completion. Individuals who do not remain continuously enrolled from the time of graduate admission must reapply. Absence, however, may be approved through the Time Out Program.
In the second half of each spring semester a student in residence should meet with his or her major advisor to discuss progress made toward the M.A. or Ph.D. comprehensive examination or toward the completion of the Ph.D. dissertation. The advisor will then prepare a written report on the student's progress for the student and for inclusion in his or her file.