The Tutorial Ph.D. program in Basque Studies is intended to provide students in the humanities and social sciences with an opportunity to pursue doctoral studies emphasizing Basque-related courses and dissertation research. The successful student will be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Basque Studies with an emphasis in one of the following disciplines at the University of Nevada, Reno: anthropology, foreign languages and literatures, geography, political science or history. The degree is in Basque Studies but entails specialization in one of these subject areas and involves close collaboration with participating departments at UNR.
The Tutorial Ph.D. program represents a unique opportunity for the right student. However, given that it lacks the structure of a traditional doctoral program, the Tutorial Ph.D. only suits those students who have clear goals and who are willing to assume responsibility for formulating, presenting, and justifying a program of study and a dissertation topic. The Center highly recommends that potential applicants contact either Dr. Joseba Zulaika, firstname.lastname@example.org or Xabier Irujo, email@example.com, the co-directors of the Center for Basque Studies, to discuss their proposed research and to verify that a mentor will be available for their topic.
The following general requirements (listed in order of completion) apply to all students in the Tutorial Ph.D. program:
The Tutorial Ph.D. in Basque Studies emphasizes a close working relationship between the student and his/her faculty mentor and Advisory-Examining Committee, which consists of the Committee Chair (the faculty mentor), two other faculty members from Basque Studies, and two other graduate faculty from the departments to which the student's Program of Study relates (Anthropology, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geography, Political Science or History and related areas).
Of the remaining 48 credits, 24 involve coursework and a further 24 apply to dissertation research and preparation. At least 30 of the 48 credits must be 700-level. The comprehensive examination credit does not count toward this requirement.
NOTE: Courses numbered 600 and above are for graduate credit. A dual-numbered (400-600) course completed at the 400 level for undergraduate credit may not be retaken at the 600 level for graduate credit. Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better for the credit to be applied to an advanced degree. Students must maintain good standing with an overall graduate credit GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.
First and second-year Basque language classes (BASQ 101, 102, 203, 204) are taught at UNR on an ongoing basis, and are also offered as online classes.
Students should follow the current information from the Graduate School about strict regulations governing the format and submission of the dissertation. Students doing research involving human subjects must consult the Office of Human Subjects Research in Ross Hall, meet all IRB (Institutional Review Board) requirements before research is conducted and ensure that all protocols are followed.
The Application for Graduation provides a final list of all courses the student has taken in order to complete the program. If that list in any way deviates from the one on the Program of Study form, the student must attach a Change in Program of Study form (available at the Graduate School) detailing any changes. If the student's Advisory-Examining Committee has changed, the student must attach the Change of Advisory Committee form.
Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in at least 6 graduate-level credits per semester. In the Center for Basque Studies, graduate assistants work 20 hours per week on designated projects, or with individual professors in research. Duties include routine clerical work (such as photocopying, preparing information packs for conferences and the Center's Advisory Board) and assisting faculty with certain research-related projects (such as preparing indexes, scanning documents and photographs, preparing Power point presentations). Students who have received special teaching skills training through the Excellence in Teaching Program may be asked to work as Teaching Assistants and may help CBS professors with their work, such as grading papers.
On a competitive basis, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) offers International Awards to international graduate students currently enrolled at UNR. The GSA also invites applications for travel grants (up to $500) for conferences, research grants of up to $2,500, computer loans of up to $1,500, and emergency loans from $500. Students must apply and be selected for these awards.