PhD in English, Literature Emphasis

45 credit hours (33-36 hours coursework + 9-12 dissertation hours)

  • ENG 640: Critical Readings and Methods
  • ENG 641: Advanced Research and Methods
  • One course in literary theory
  • One course in each of six distribution areas: American Lit to 1890, British Lit to 1660, British Lit 1660-1890, British & American Lit 1890-1960, Literatures in English after 1960, Non-traditional Literatures in English. (The Director of Graduate Studies may review the student’s MA transcript to determine which distribution areas have already been satisfied.)
  • Two or three electives, depending on dissertation hours
  • ENG 898: Dissertation (9-12 hours)

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 count as part of the required hours for degree completion. Students must complete the Comprehensive Exam required of MA students (serves as Doctoral Qualifying Exam), a PhD Comprehensive Exam, and a dissertation.



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