PhD in English, Creative Writing Emphasis

54 credit hours (42-45 hours coursework + 9-12 dissertation hours)

  • ENG 640: Critical Readings and Methods
  • 12-15 hours creative writing workshop (fiction OR poetry)
  1. ENG 721: Seminar in Fiction Writing, repeatable to 18 hours
  2. ENG 722: Seminar in Poetry Writing, repeatable to 18 hours
  • 6-9 hours creative writing electives, chosen from among the following:
  1. ENG 620: Poetic Forms
  2. ENG 625: Readings in Fiction, repeatable to 6 hours
  3. ENG 626: Readings in Poetry, repeatable to 6 hours
  4. ENG 627: Introduction to Publishing
  5. ENG 628: Teaching Creative Writing
  6. ENG 723: Seminar in Non-Fiction Writing, repeatable to 9 hours
  • 18 hours literature courses (typically 6 hours 20th Century (1890-1960), 6 hours in a second concentration area, and 6 hours in a third concentration area)
  •  3 hours theory, chosen from among the following:
  1. ENG 540: Literary Criticism
  2. ENG 644: Topics in Literary Theory
  3. ENG 744: Seminar in Literary Criticism
  • 9-12 hours thesis, ENG 898

Additional requirements and guidelines:

  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in two research tools, either two foreign languages or one foreign language plus 12 hours of coursework in an allied area of study approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. For further information on the foreign language requirement, please click here.
  • 500-level classes count towards a degree only with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, and at least 15 hours must be at the 700-level.
  • Students must take ENG 690: Teaching Freshman Composition if they hold an assistantship which includes teaching as one of their duties. ENG 690 hours do not count as part of the required hours for degree completion.
  • Students must complete the a Doctoral Qualifying Exam, a PhD Comprehensive Exam, and a dissertation.