Direct admission to the Ph.D. program may be offered to highly-qualified applicants who are completing or have completed their baccalaureate studies. 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 and young-adult literature, and computers and literature.
Direct admission by the Department of English for graduate study does not mean immediate 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 written qualifying exam (satisfied by successful completion of the Master’s Comprehensive Examination and the readers’ recommendation of candidacy). Students should take this qualifying exam no later than the spring term of their second year in the program. A student is allowed only two attempts to pass the admission-to-candidacy exam.
1. Program of Study
By the end of the second year of study students, in consultation with their advisors, will submit a PhD Program of Study form that maps out their intentions for the completion of coursework, and submit it to the Director of Graduate Studies. The Program of Study also serves as a statement of intent; this is the moment at which students may either recommit themselves to completing the PhD, or opt out and finish the MA, securing the degree by passage of the MA Comprehensive Exam and the completion of a thesis.
Plus one critical theory course:
2. M.A. Comprehensive Examination (serves as Ph.D. Qualifying Examination)
3. Comprehensive exam
A comprehensive exam that consists of two written exams, one in the major field and one in the minor field.
4. Oral Comprehensive Exam focusing on the student's major field
This exam may be taken no more than twice. Successful completion of the written and oral comprehensive exams will signal the conferral of the MA degree.
5. Dissertation and Defense
6. 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.
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, 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.
2) In item 6. 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.
3) Various small changes have been made in items 1 and 6 to improve clarity and correct typographical errors, etc.
Minor revisions- no BOT, CHE, or SACS approval required.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.