The Ph.D. in English requires 96 credit hours. This total can be achieved through full-time registration for five academic years (fall and spring) plus two six-week summer terms at some point(s) during those years. Of this total, 36 hours (or four full semesters) are completed in coursework. Once students have completed their coursework, they register for Research hours (691) while they work on preliminary examinations and the dissertation.
All Ph.D. students should take the ENGL 695: Publication and Professionalization (3 credit hours) in the spring of the third year. All those who intend to pursue an academic career should take the ENGL 681: Placement Seminar (1 credit hour) in the spring prior to their entry into the job market; on the 5-year schedule to degree, this means the spring of the fourth year.
To fulfill degree requirements, Ph.D. coursework must include the following:
- ENGL 602, First-Year Seminar
- ENGL 603, Bibliography and Research Methods (if the student has taken no comparable course at the M.A. level)
These courses are offered each fall semester. Also offered each fall is ENGL 697, Pedagogy; this course is not a degree requirement but must be taken in order to hold a teaching assistantship, if the student has not already had a comparable course at the M.A. level. It is taken prior to or concurrently with the first semester of teaching.
Students must also take (or have taken) one course from each of the following distribution areas:
- Any literature, pre-1660
- Any literature, 1660-1900
- Theory (of any kind, including linguistics and rhetoric)
- Concepts, Issues, or Themes (as opposed to courses organized primarily according to chronological period)
- English without Borders (transnational or diasporic literatures, cultures, or theory; interdisciplinary studies; cultural studies of film, digital technologies, new media, or popular culture)
Courses in each distribution area are offered every semester. A single course is often eligible to satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements, in which case a student has the choice of which one it will fulfill for him or her. Ph.D. students entering with an M.A. will normally have already met some of these requirements during their M.A. work; this is certified case-by-case at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies. All distribution requirements must be fulfilled prior to or concurrently with the student’s First-Year Review process, which occurs in the third semester for M.A.-holding students and one year later, in the fifth semester, for direct-admit students.
No more than 6 coursework credit hours in other departments, and ordinarily no more than 6 hours of Directed Studies, can be counted toward the total coursework hours. Exceptions to the Directed Studies limitation may be made and certified by the Director of Graduate Studies. Normally students may register for research hours (ENGL 691) only after they have completed their regular coursework.
ENGL 695 (Publication and Professionalization) and ENGL 681 (Placement) may count toward the 96 hours required for the PhD, but MAY NOT count toward the 36 hours of coursework required.