ENGLISH - Dept. Code:  ENG


The Ph.D. program is an innovative scholarly course of study offering substantial work in all areas of English, American, and Transnational literature, including Anglo-Irish literature, with some opportunities for advanced work in comparative literature.

Doctor of Philosophy

1. Courses
Ph.D. students must complete 54 credits (if entering with a B.A.) or 36 credits (if entering with an M.A.) of 600-level courses in literature and literary theory.

2. Language Requirements
A reading knowledge of two foreign languages is required.

3. Qualifying Examination
All Ph.D. students are required to pass a qualifying examination.
Students may not take the qualifying examination until they have

• completed the required Ph.D. coursework,
• satisfied the foreign language requirement
• enrolled for English 697 (Readings for the Qualifying Examination).

4. Dissertation
Students may proceed with the dissertation after the dissertation committee has been appointed and the dissertation proposal has been accepted by the committee and approved by the department.
The dissertation itself must be an investigation of a substantial critical or scholarly topic. A final oral defense of the dissertation is required.

Further information on the department’s graduate programs is contained in the Guide to Graduate Study available from the Department of English.

Students must complete their work within one year of the schedule set out in the Guide to Graduate Study.