English, PhD

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 BA must complete 42 semester hours, complete the language requirement, and pass the comprehensive examination.  

Bachelor's Degree Entrance

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Milestones

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

Program Requirements

Proseminar
ENGL 5103Proseminar3
Writing and the Teaching of Writing
ENGL 7392Writing and the Teaching of Writing3
Theories and Methods
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Critical Issues
Rhetorical Theory
Rhetorical Criticism
Linguistics
Syntax
Semantics
Topics in Linguistics
Linguistics and Literature
Linguistics and Writing
History of the English Language
Issues in English Grammar
Gender and Language
Film Studies (selected versions of this course)
Topics in Film (selected versions of this course)
American Film (selected versions of this course)
Contemporary Film (selected versions of this course)
Contemporary Critical Theory
Topics in Criticism
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines
Topics in Digital Humanities
Ethnography
NULab Project Seminar
Theorizing Gender and Sexuality
Directed Study (selected versions of this course)
Rhetoric and Composition
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Key Concepts in Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetorical Theory
Rhetorical Criticism
Composition Studies
Approaches to Teaching Writing
Topics in Rhetoric
Reading and the Teaching of Reading
Writing and Learning Across Curriculum
Writing Programs in Schools and Colleges
Topics in Writing
Composition Pedagogy
Responding to Learners
Writing and Reading in Content Areas
Designing Teacher Research
Medieval and Renaissance
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Medieval Literature
Renaissance Literature
Chaucer
Shakespeare’s Tragedies
Shakespeare’s Comedies
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in Medieval Literature
Topics in Renaissance Literature
Topics in Film (selected topics only)
Topics in Criticism (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Genre (selected topics only)
Topics in Fiction (selected topics only)
Topics in Drama (selected topics only)
Topics in Poetry (selected topics only)
Topics in Nonfiction Prose (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Relations (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Comparative Literature (selected topics only)
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Perspectives on American Literature (selected versions of this course)
African-American Literature (selected versions of this course)
American Literature and Culture 1
Topics in American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in African-American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in Early American Literature
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literature
Milton
Topics in Seventeenth-Century Literature
Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Eighteenth-Century Novel
Topics in Film (selected topics only)
Topics in Criticism (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Genre (selected topics only)
Topics in Fiction (selected topics only)
Topics in Drama (selected topics only)
Topics in Poetry (selected topics only)
Topics in Nonfiction Prose (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Relations (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Comparative Literature (selected topics only)
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Perspectives on American Literature (selected versions of this course)
African-American Literature (selected versions of this course)
American Literature and Culture 2
Topics in American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in African-American Literature (selected topics only)
Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Topics in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Major American Novelist
Major American Playwright (selected versions of this course)
Major American Poet (selected versions of this course)
Major Figures in African-American Literature
Individual American Writer (selected versions of this course)
Individual Modern American Novelist (selected versions of this course)
Nineteenth-Century American Prose, 1820–1865
Nineteenth-Century American Prose, 1865–1900
Nineteenth-Century American Poetry
Modern American Prose
Modern American Drama
African-American Novel
Contemporary American Fiction
Victorian Literature
Topics in Romanticism
Topics in Victorian Literature
Topics in Twentieth-Century British Literature
Romantic Poetry
Victorian Poetry
Victorian Novel
Twentieth-Century British Drama
Twentieth-Century British Fiction
Topics in Film
American Film
Contemporary Film
Contemporary Critical Theory
Topics in Criticism (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Study (selected topics only)
Topics in Genre (selected topics only)
Topics in Fiction (selected topics only)
Topics in Drama (selected topics only)
Topics in Poetry (selected topics only)
Topics in Nonfiction Prose (selected topics only)
Topics in Literary Relations (selected topics only)
Topics in Literature and other Disciplines (selected topics only)
Topics in Comparative Literature (selected topics only)
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry

Open Electives 

Complete 18 semester hours in the following subject area:18
ENGL

Exam and Dissertation

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

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

  • 42 total semester hours required
  • Minimum 3.500 GPA required