First and Second Year Examinations

UCI/UCSD PhD Reunion at ASTR, Atlanta, 2017

UCI/UCSD Joint Party, 2017

UCI-UCSD Presidential Suite Reunion at ASTR, Minneapolis, 2016

Mentor Breakfast organized by Katie Turner and Guy Zimmerman. ASTR conference, Portland, 2015.

Great turnout from the UCI/UCSD joint program at the ASTR conference. Portland, 2015

Asian Performance Conference at UCI, 2008

Asian & TransNation Seminar, 2010

PhD Recruitment, 2014

Monthly PhD Program Meeting, 2014

Welcome Week, 2014

Faculty Panel at the PhD Recruitment Event, 2014


PhD in Drama & Theatre Program:

Course of Study
First and Second Year Examinations
Advancement to Candidacy
Language Requirement
Doctoral Faculty
Current Doctoral Students
How to Apply

The Written Examination (first year)

The Written Examination, taken in the summer before the second year, ensures that students have a broad knowledge of drama, performance, and theory, acquired through a combination of coursework and independent reading before and in the first year, knowledge designed to provide an important perspective for future research and teaching. The Written Examination allows students to address a wide range of material; preparation for the exam constitutes students' first significant independent scholarly activity and its written outcome.

The Oral Examination (second year)

The Oral Examination, taken by the end of the fall term of the third year, is designed to help students narrow their interests in preparation for researching and writing the dissertation. Students, in consultation with their advisor, devise a reading list for the exam—fifty sources (including plays, books, essays, performances, archival material, etc.)—, and select two other examiners (including one from the UCSD faculty). The reading list is designed to prepare the student for advanced research in the general dissertation field, broadly conceived. Students are also required to submit a short research proposal.