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ENGLISH Criteria for Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School requirements in addition to the requirements of the department or program. See Graduate School degree requirements.
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Overall GPA
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Overall GPA
3.25
Other Grade Requirements
Yes
  • Candidates may not have more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.
  • Incompletes must be removed within eight weeks of the following semester of enrollment; if they are not removed, they may be converted to Permanent Incompletes.
Other Grade Requirements
Yes
  • Candidates may not have more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.
  • Incompletes must be removed within eight weeks of the following semester of enrollment; if they are not removed, they may be converted to Permanent Incompletes.
Other Grade Requirements
Yes
  • Ph.D. candidates should maintain a 3.5 GPA in all core English courses and may not have more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.
  • Incompletes must be removed within eight weeks of the following semester of enrollment; if they are not removed, they may be converted to Permanent Incompletes.
Probation Policy
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Probation Policy
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Probation Policy
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Specific Courses
Yes
  • Candidates in the literary studies area must complete four courses in different periods of English/American/Anglophone literatures; one in critical methods; one in language or linguistics; and one elective course.
  • For candidates in the linguistics area, English 324 and 330 are prerequisites. English 325, 329, and 333 are required courses.
Specific Courses
Yes
  • Candidates in the creative writing area must complete 9 credits of creative writing workshops; 15 thesis credits; 3 credits of pedagogy seminar; and 9 credits of electives drawn from any appropriate courses across the curriculum
Specific Courses
Yes
  • Candidates may choose a core curriculum from three areas: literary studies, composition studies, or language and linguistics; each area has its own core course requirements. Contact the department for a list of required courses.
Specific Credits
Yes
  • Candidates in the literary studies area must complete a minimum of 21 credits.
  • Candidates in the linguistics area must complete a minimum of 27 credits: 12 must be in core courses, 15 in elective courses.
Specific Credits
Yes
  • Candidates in the creative writing area must complete a minimum of 36 credits.
Specific Credits
No
Examinations Yes
Time Constraints Yes
  • Candidates in the literary studies area who achieve a grade of "Pass 1" on the comprehensive examination proceed to the Ph.D. Candidates who earn a grade of "Pass 2" may take the examination a second time. A grade of Terminal Pass on the comprehensive examination bars a student from proceeding to the Ph.D.; students awarded a Terminal Pass may be eligible for an M.A. degree. This examination must be successfully passed within five years of completing the final required course.
  • Candidates in the applied English linguistics area must apply for permission to pursue the Ph.D. degree in English language and linguistics.
Examinations No
Time Constraints Yes
  • The creative writing thesis must be completed within five years of completing the final course.
Examinations Yes
Time Constraints Yes
  • The preliminary examination may be taken only after the candidate has completed all the English course requirements. Candidates must pass prelims by the end of the sixth semester in the doctoral program.
  • For students in the literary studies Ph.D. program, the first two semesters of the first (master's) stage do not count as part of this six-semester requirement.
  • For students in the composition and rhetoric Ph.D. program, the preliminary examination may be taken at the earliest after the candidate has completed six core courses and one tool requirement.
Other Assessments
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Other Assessments
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Other Assessments, Yes
Time Constraints, Yes
  • Candidates must participate in a dissertation prospectus conference within six months of passing the prelim exam, and must file a proposal for the dissertation with the graduate division soon thereafter. Upon completion of the dissertation, the final version and an abstract will be submitted to the committee for approval.
  • Candidates in the composition and rhetoric Ph.D. program must participate in a dissertation prospectus conference within six months of passing the prelim exam, or completing all course work, if that comes later, and must file a proposal for the dissertation with the graduate division soon thereafter. Upon completion of the dissertation, the final version and an abstract will be submitted to the committee for approval.
Language Requirements
Yes
  • Demonstration of adequate competence in one foreign language is required before taking the comprehensive examination.
  • Candidates in the applied English linguistics area who are non-native speakers of English may offer English as the language that satisfies this reading competence requirement.
Language Requirements
No
Language Requirements
Yes
  • Literary studies: Demonstration of advanced competence in one language and adequate competence in another is required; the advanced language is usually directly pertinent to the student's dissertation research. At least adequate competence must be demonstrated before the student may take the preliminary examination.
  • Composition and rhetoric: Demonstration of adequate competence in one language and advanced competence in a research tool (which may be a second language) is required. All tool requirements must be completed by the end of the sixth semester.
Minor Requirements
Ph.D. students in all English programs must complete a minor.
  • An external minor consists of course work in a field or department other than English. These minors are the responsibility of the minor department/program.
  • Students may also pursue an internal minor. Students in any of the three programs may also minor in either of the remaining two. For example, literary studies students may minor in composition and rhetoric or linguistics, and so on.
  • A distributed minor consists of 10-12 credits chosen according to a cogent rationale from courses in different departments outside English. Plans for a distributed minor must be approved by the director of graduate studies.
  • Ph.D. candidates from other departments who wish to pursue a minor in English must secure advance approval of their proposed course of study from the director of graduate studies in English. A minor in English consists of 10-12 credits of graduate work with no grade lower than B.
Advisor
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Advisor
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Advisor
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Review Policy
Yes
Director/student status examiner
Each semester
Review Policy
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Director/student status examiner
Each semester
Review Policy
Yes
Director/student status examiner
Each semester