English, PhD—Advanced Entry

The PhD program seeks to train students to be productive scholars and teachers in the fields of both literary studies and rhetoric and composition. In course work, students read and analyze the important texts, current issues, and critical methodologies of the discipline. Drawing on the breadth of this preparation, students demonstrate their ability to recognize and produce scholarly arguments in designing the three comprehensive field papers in areas of scholarly interest and competence corresponding to recognized and emerging fields of study. Finally, the dissertation offers students an opportunity to design a focused research project in consultation with a dissertation advisor. Throughout the program, faculty work closely with doctoral students to develop their scholarly and professional identities in preparation for careers in academia.

Academic Standing/Progress

To be considered in good academic standing, PhD students must be making progress toward their degree requirements, including maintaining a 3.500 minimum cumulative grade-point average.

Doctoral Degree Candidacy

Students entering with a relevant MA must complete 21 semester hours, complete the language requirement, and pass the comprehensive examination.  

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


  • Comprehensive examination
  • Annual review
  • Two languages
  • Dissertation committee
  • Dissertation prospectus
  • Dissertation defense

Program Requirements

ENGL 5103Proseminar3
Writing and the Teaching of Writing
ENGL 7392Writing and the Teaching of Writing3
Open Electives
Complete 15 semester hours of ENGL courses.15

Exam and Dissertation

Exam Preparation
ENGL 8960Exam Preparation—Doctoral0
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
ENGL 9986Research0
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
ENGL 9990Dissertation0

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

21 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.500 GPA required