For admission, the applicant must have a master’s degree or its equivalent. Each candidate must have a major and minor field. The major field may be chosen from the following: Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration and 18th-century English literature, 19th-century English literature, 20th-century English literature, colonial and 19th-century American literature, 20th-century American literature. The following may be used for the minor field only: linguistics, comparative literature, criticism theory, women’s studies, history of the book and authorship, composition and rhetoric, and Southern literature. Students may choose to design an ad hoc minor, subject to approval by the Graduate Program Committee. Examples of ad hoc minors approved in the past include religion and literature, children’s literature, and computers and literature.
Admission by the Department of English for graduate study does not mean admission as a candidate in the English and American literature Ph.D. program. Students are admitted to such candidacy on the basis of their record and a meeting with the Director of Graduate Studies and the major adviser, to be held at the beginning of the student’s third term. Prior to this meeting, the Graduate Director will review the student’s class grades with the expectation of at least a 3.0 GPA over the course of the first year of the study. The student will come to the meeting with a completed Program of Study form and an accompanying statement detailing progress thus far and plans for future study. In the event of an unsuccessful review, the student will be put on probation, not be admitted to candidacy, and be required to maintain a 3.5 GPA for each of the following two semesters. Additionally, field faculty will meet at the end of the student’s second year in order to make a recommendation to the Graduate Director about the student’s future in the program. The Graduate Director will factor this recommendation and the student’s GPA into a decision about whether the probationary student should be admitted to candidacy at the end of the second year and allowed to continue the program.
* Students who have taken equivalent graduate courses prior to admission to the PhD program may petition the Graduate Program Committee to transfer up to six hours credit in lieu of courses required for the Ph.D. However, these courses cannot be more than eight years old by the time they receive their degree.
1. Program of Study
Each student develops a program of study in consultation with the doctoral advisory committee (in place by the end of the first semester of course work), each student develops a program of study that includes:
24 Hours to include*:
* ENGL 701A and ENGL 701B may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
(Recommended not Required)
Two 800-level Seminars (6 hours)
One class in critical theory (3 hours)
2. Comprehensive Exam
A 72-hour take-home exam that consists of a response to a question in the primary field and another response to a question in the secondary field. The completed exam should not exceed 7500 words in length.
3. An oral exam covering the student's major field
4. Dissertation Preparation (12 hours)
5. Foreign languages
A reading knowledge of two foreign languages or one language satisfied by taking a 400-level course of literature, not in translation, with a grade of B or better, or a 500-level course of literature, not in translation, with a grade of C or better; these courses may not be used to fulfill the elective requirement. Completion of ENGL 702 and ENGL 703 with an average grade of B or better may fulfill one foreign language requirement.
Each student develops a program of study in consultation with the doctoral advisory committee (in place by the end of the first semester of course work) that includes:
* ENGL 691 and ENGL 692 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
Two 800-Level Seminars (6 hours)
One Class in Critical Theory (3 hours)
2. Written Comprehensive Exam
A 72-hour take-home exam that consists of responses to one question in the primary field and one question in the secondary field. The completed exam should not exceed 7,500 words in length.
3. Oral Exam on the Student's Major Field
5. Foreign Languages
Reading proficiency in at least one language other than English, demonstrated in one of the following ways: (1) by passing a reading exam in a language other than English; (2) by passing a graduate-level course in a literature other than English, not in translation, with a grade of B or better; (3) by passing ENGL 701 with a grade of B or better. Reading proficiency in two languages other than English may be required by the student’s doctoral advisory committee if, in its judgment, such proficiency is necessitated by the student’s research plans or by professional standards then current in the student’s field.
1) In item 1. Program of Study, the prohibition against ENGL 701A and ENGL 701B must be changed to a prohibition against ENGL 691 and ENGL 692 because ENGL 701A and ENGL 701B were deleted from the Graduate Bulletin several years ago, and because their curricular functions are now served by ENGL 691 and ENGL 692.
2) In item 1. Program of Study, ENGL 732 must be deleted from recommended Critical Theory courses because ENGL 732 has been deleted recently from the Graduate Bulletin. ENGL 733 must be added to recommended Critical Theory courses because it serves a similar curricular function to the function once served by ENGL 732.
3) In item 5. Foreign Languages, the foreign language requirement must be changed from a minimum of two languages to a minimum of one language in order to follow current best practices of PhD programs in English and American literature across the country. References to undergraduate-level courses must be deleted because such courses are not consistent with the standards and aims of this graduate program. References to ENGL 702 and ENGL 703 must be deleted and replaced by reference to ENGL 701 because ENGL 702 and ENGL 703 have been deleted recently from the Graduate Bulletin and because ENGL 701 now serves their curricular function.
4) Various small changes have been made in items 1, 5, and elsewhere to improve clarity and correct typographical errors, etc.
Minor edits no BOT, CHE, or SACS notification required.
Will be added to the 18-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin, published February 2018.