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.
- One course in English Literature, pre-1660
- One course in English Literature, post-1660
- One course in American Literature
- One additional course in exam field
Plus one critical theory course:
- electives (must include two 800-level seminars)
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
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.