Modes of Inquiry
Each student must display in-depth command of the analytic strategies required for the dissertation project, whether these are analyses of historical sources, literary analyses, cultural studies (literary or media representation, visual culture, discourse analysis), qualitative social science methods and/or quantitative methods. This may be fulfilled by taking at least one half-year course in analytic methods (this course may be taken as part of the course requirements listed above) or by demonstrating this competence in the minor comprehensive exams. Certain research projects may require additional or advanced expertise in specialized areas (e.g. fluency in another language, advanced statistical analysis, command of techniques for the production of non-print media—film, art work, music, etc.); the Supervisory Committee may recommend the acquisition of such skills as necessary.