English Language and Literature, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Applicants to the Ph.D. program normally must have a B.A in English Language and Literature. Applicants who wish to pursue a Ph.D. but who do not have a B.A.in English Language and Literature may apply to the M.A. program. In exceptional cases the Admissions Committee may decide to admit a student with a B.A. degree other than in English Language and Literature with the requirement that the student complete extra course work as deemed necessary.

A minimum of 36 credits of coursework is required for students entering the doctoral program without an M.A. A minimum of 27 credits of coursework is required for students entering the doctoral program with an M.A.

The Ph.D. degree program requires a total of 36 credit hours of graduate work. PhD students must also

  1. pass a qualifying examination in their areas of specialization;
  2. demonstrate, through examination or coursework, evidence of reading competence in a foreign language related to their areas of specialization; and
  3. complete a dissertation.

Requirements include:

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
ENGL601Literary Research and Critical Contexts3
ENGL602Critical Theory and Literary Criticism3
ENGL611Approaches to College Composition3
Select five 700-level seminars15
Select four additional courses 600-700 level12
Reading knowledge of one language other than English
Dissertation Research Requirements
ENGL899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits48