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Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature

The Ph.D. in English is conferred upon completion of 54 credit hours of course work following the B.A., a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation.  Up to 24 credits may be transferred with the approval of the graduate director.  Degree requirements include those for the MA (see above) with the following additions: 

  • Two research seminars (800-level courses) after completion of the M.A.
  • Reading knowledge of a second foreign language, which may be demonstrated through course work or by a proficiency exam

Upon completion of course work the Ph.D. student takes a comprehensive exam consisting of three parts: literature of an historical period; literary theory and the history of criticism; and an individualized field in which the dissertation is to be written. The dissertation, a substantial piece of original research, gives the doctoral program its capstone.