You should secure the participation of five faculty members on your dissertation committee during your third year of study.
The dissertation committee must include a dissertation committee chair (your academic advisor) and at least four faculty members. Of the five members of your dissertation committee, at least three must be program faculty. Social psychology affiliate faculty may serve as dissertation committee members from the program or as a co-chair of the dissertation, but they may not serve as the sole chair of the dissertation committee.
Up to two committee members may be faculty members from a department in a field related to the dissertation topic, who have Graduate Faculty status, but who may or may not be faculty members of the program. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the inclusion of any "outside members" (i.e. non-program faculty) is not required. However, the inclusion of non-program faculty members is encouraged if their contribution is likely to ensure a high quality of the dissertation project.
All dissertation committee members must have Graduate Faculty status.
One of the dissertation committee members must serve as the "Graduate School representative." His or her official role is to serve as a representative of the University's Graduate School and to assure compliance with Graduate School regulations and procedures. The person designated to be the Graduate School representative cannot be from the same academic department as the dissertation committee chair.
The dissertation committee must meet at least during your third year of study to complete the program of study form and to begin planning for your comprehensive examination.
The program of study form lists all the courses and other credits that you have taken, and plan to take, to satisfy the requirements of the doctoral degree. You must complete the paperwork to be in compliance with Graduate School requirements, to demonstrate timely progress toward attainment of the degree, to plan ahead and to be well prepared. View the Graduate School's program of study.
You should make educated projections and fill out your program of study in a manner that reflects how you plan to complete your doctoral degree, including your dissertation credits. If there is a change in committee membership or the courses proposed on the original program of study form, a change in program of study form is also available through the Graduate School.