For admission, the applicant must have a master’s degree, or its equivalent, in English, composition and rhetoric, or a related field.
Admission by the Department of English for graduate study does not mean admission as a candidate in the composition and rhetoric 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 3.0 GPA over the course of the first year of 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 students should be admitted to candidacy at the end of the second year and allowed to continue in 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. Course work (9 hours)
2. Two courses (6 hours) selected from:
3. Two courses (6 hours) selected from:
Courses from speech communication, linguistics, English or American literature, or another composition and rhetoric course may be substituted with the approval of the student’s academic advisor.
4. Specialization (12 hours)
To be approved by the department’s Committee on Composition and Rhetoric and the graduate director.
5. 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.
6. Oral Comprehensive Exam
This exam may be taken no more than twice.
7. 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.
8. Teaching Experience
At least one year’s experience teaching English composition at the school or college level.
9. Dissertation and Defense
Dissertation and defense, including 12 hours of ENGL 899, dissertation writing.
5. Written Comprehensive Exam
A 72-hour take-home exam that consists of responses to two questions in the primary field (rhetoric and composition) and one question in the specialization field. The completed exam should not exceed 11,250 words in length.
7. 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 5. Written Comprehensive Exam, the description of the structure and length of the comprehensive exam must be changed to correct errors of fact in the earlier description.
2) In item 7. 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 Composition and Rhetoric 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. Reference to ENGL 701 must be added in order achieve consistency between the foreign language requirement of our PhD program in Composition and Rhetoric and the foreigh language requirement of our PhD program in English and American Literature (see Changes/Justification for the latter program).
3) Various small changes have been made in items 5, 7, 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.