Degree Requirements

Ph.D. in English

2 foreign languages

Beyond BA (66 hours):
18 seminars (54 hours)—

*Old English language
*Bibliography and Research
*Literary Theory (Literary Criticism) or Linguistics or Rhetoric and Composition
1 course chosen from “English 1” (Old English, Middle English, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth Century)
1 course chosen from “English 2” (Romantic, Victorian, Modern British, Contemporary British)
1 course chosen from “American 1” (Colonial American Literature to 1800, Nineteenth-Century American Literature)
1 course chosen from “American 2” (Modern American, Contemporary American)
11 Elective English courses

*Note: If any of these requirements are met with a course taken as an undergraduate, then another seminar must be taken to reach the total of 18 seminars beyond the BA degree.

Preliminary Examination

Prospectus Review

Dissertation: 12 hours total, including registration for at least 1 hour the semester                 you graduate

Final Examination:  Defense of the Dissertation

Beyond Master’s (42 hours):
10 seminars (30 hours)—

*Old English language
*Bibliography and Research
*Literary Theory (Literary Criticism) or Linguistics or Rhetoric and Composition
1 course chosen from “English 1” (Old English, Middle English, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth Century)
1 course chosen from “English 2” (Romantic, Victorian, Modern British, Contemporary British)
1 course chosen from “American 1” (Colonial American Literature to 1800, Nineteenth-Century American Literature)
1 course chosen from “American 2” (Modern American, Contemporary American)
3 Elective English courses

*Note: If any of these requirements are met with a course taken as an undergraduate or with a course taken that counted on the Master’s degree, then another seminar must be taken to reach the total of 10 seminars beyond the Master’s degree.

Preliminary Examination

Prospectus Review

Dissertation: 12 hours total, including registration for at least 1 hour the semester you graduate

Final Examination:  Defense of the Dissertation

Religion and Literature Concentration, Ph.D. in English

2 foreign languages

Beyond BA (66 hours):
18 seminars (54 hours)—

1 Religion and Literature course
*Old English language
*Bibliography and Research
*Literary Theory (Literary Criticism)
3 Religion courses (may include seminars cross-listed for English and Religion)
11 English courses

*Note: If any of these requirements are met with a course taken as an undergraduate, then another seminar must be taken to reach the total of 18 seminars beyond the BA degree.

Preliminary Examination

Prospectus Review

Dissertation: 12 hours total, including registration for at least 1 hour the semester you graduate

Final Examination:  Defense of the Dissertation

Beyond Master’s (42 hours):
10 seminars (30 hours)—

1 Religion and Literature course
*Old English language
*Bibliography and Research
*Literary Theory (Literary Criticism)
3 Religion courses (may include courses cross-listed for English and Religion)
3 Elective English courses

*Note: If any of these requirements are met with a course taken as an undergraduate or with a course taken that counted on the Master’s degree, then another seminar must be taken to reach the total of 10 seminars beyond the Master’s degree.

Preliminary Examination

Prospectus Review

Dissertation: 12 hours total, including registration for at least 1 hour the semester you graduate

Final Examination:  Defense of the Dissertation