Literature MA & PhD

Overview

MA Literature

The MA in literature develops literary, critical, and creative knowledge, preparing candidates for a variety of professional careers and/or further graduate study.

MA Literature Requirements

PhD Preparation (33 credits beyond the BA)

  1. Required Courses (2 courses / 6 credits)
    • ENG 6009 Introduction to Graduate Studies
    • 1 Critical Theory Course (either ENG 6018 Criticism & Theory I or ENG 6019 Criticism & Theory II)
  2. Historical Distribution* (4 courses / 12 credits)
    • 1 Medieval or Renaissance course (including 17th-Century)
    • 1 18th-Century course (British tradition or Early Literature of the Americas)
    • 1 19th-Century course (Either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)
    • 1 20th-Century course (Either British tradition or Literature of the Americas)
  3. Cultural-Critical Studies* (2 courses / 6 credits)
    • Two courses in ethnic literature (including African-American, Latino/a, post-colonial), world literature, women's literature or gender studies, critical theory, film, genre
  4. Elective Credit (2 courses / 6 credits)
    • Students taking ENC 6745 Practice in Teaching Composition must use this as an elective if they count it toward the 33 credits in the degree.
  5. Portfolio and Defense (3 credits)
    • 3 directed study hours (ENG 6916) to prepare portfolio  
    • In their fourth and final semester (excluding summer terms), MA students will submit a portfolio for review to a three-member faculty committee six weeks prior to the Graduate School deadline for thesis/dissertation submission. Upon submission, the student and chair of the committee will establish a defense date with the Graduate Program Specialist.

*Of the 6 courses in II and III, 2 must be from British traditions and 2 from American traditions.

NOTE: No CRW courses can satisfy degree requirements in the literature track. Only 1 practicum will be allowed to satisfy degree requirements (including ENC 6745). One Directed Study may be used to substitute for degree requirement with the approval of the Graduate Director.


PhD Literature

The PhD is designed to produce teacher-scholars who have a good general knowledge of critical theory, literature, and composition, as well as a specialized knowledge in their field of concentration.

PhD Literature Requirements Beginning Fall 2010

  • ENG 6005 Scholarly Writing and Research (3)
  • ENG 6018 Criticism & Theory I or ENG 6019 Criticism & Theory II (may have been taken at the MA level) (3)
  • 1 theory-rich course (3)
  • ENG 7939 Doctoral Seminar (3)**

Note: PhD students must take one practicum in teaching or in tutoring for the Writing Center. ENC 6745 Practice in Teaching Composition (3) is required for Teaching Assistants. Students are allowed to take up to two practica as part of their 30-credit requirement.

**All PhD Literature-Track graduate students are required to take three one-credit doctoral seminar courses. In their first semester, all doctoral students will take one credit of ENG 6939. Over the course of at least four meetings during the semester, graduate students will be introduced to the portfolio, mentored on forming committees, and mentored on designing and implementing a plan to complete the portfolio in a timely manner. In the second year, doctoral students must take ENG 6939 with a member of their portfolio committee to complete one of the aspects of the portfolio. While the graduate student may work with the Chair of the committee, they may work with anyone on the committee. By the second year of PhD coursework, the student should identify a course to take in conjunction with his or her third seminar requirement. He or she will register for the regular three-credit course; additionally the student will register for a one-credit seminar hour (ENG 7939) that will be taken together with the approved course. The student should take this 6000-level course in his or her dissertation area with one of his or her major professors. The student should meet with the instructor as soon as he or she has identified this course as a seminar course, and the two should agree in writing on the details of the work to be done for the seminar hour. The graduate program specialist will manage registration for seminar hours.

While taking the 6000-level course, the seminar student is expected to do extra work in preparation for writing a dissertation. For example, he or she could be responsible for teaching or leading a portion of a class on a particular work and writing a 25-30 page essay based in research on material from the class, which would substitute for one of the writing assignments in the 6000-level course. Satisfaction of this requirement must be approved by the instructor and the graduate director.

Additional PhD Literature Requirements:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in one foreign language
  • A PhD portfolio
  • A minimum of 10 dissertation hours (no maximum)

Foreign Language  

Refer to the PhD Handbook.

PhD Portfolio  

Refer to the PhD Handbook.

Dissertation  

A student may not register for dissertation hours until officially admitted to candidacy. In order to be admitted, the student must have successfully completed the following steps: finished all class work, fulfilled language requirements, passed the PhD portfolio, and established a PhD dissertation committee that has been approved by the Department, College, and Graduate School. This committee should consist of one major professor and three additional members. The graduate student's first obligation once admitted to candidacy will be preparing a prospectus.

 

PhD Literature Requirements Prior to Fall 2010

  • ENC 6319 Scholarly Writing for Publication
  • ENG 6009 Bibliography for English Studies
  • ENG 6018 Studies in Criticism and Theory I
  • ENG 6019 Studies in Criticism and Theory II

Additional requirements:

  • A doctoral seminar credit (ENG 7939) attached to two 6000-level courses
  • LAE 7376 Problems in Advanced Composition Instruction OR LAE 7390 Problems in Advanced English Instruction and Scholarly Research (this requirement may be waived for students who have extensive teaching experience)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in two foreign languages; or one foreign language and one tools-of-research area
  • A PhD qualifying exam
  • A minimum of 10 dissertation hours (no maximum).

Doctoral Seminar Requirement

PhD students are required to take two 6000-level courses in their chosen field of specialty as doctoral seminars. By the second year of PhD coursework, the student should identify the courses to be applied to the seminar requirement. He or she will register for the regular three credit course; additionally the student will register for a one-credit seminar hour that will be taken in conjunction with the approved course. The student should take this 6000-level course in his or her dissertation area with one of his or her major professors. The student should meet with the instructor as soon as he or she has identified this course as a seminar course, and the two should agree in writing on the details of the work to be done for the seminar hour. The graduate program assistant will manage registration for seminar hours. While taking the 6000-level course, the seminar student is expected to do extra work in preparation for writing a dissertation. Namely, he or she could be responsible for teaching or leading a portion of a class on a particular work and writing a 25-30 page essay based in research on material from the class, which would substitute for one of the writing assignments in the 6000-level course. Satisfaction of this requirement must be approved by the instructor and the Graduate Director.

Foreign Language/Tools of Research Requirement

Before taking the PhD qualifying examination, a student must fulfill this requirement by demonstrating a reading knowledge of two foreign languages. English may not be used to fulfill this requirement even for those students for whom it is not a first language. Competency in a foreign language will normally be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Place beyond level IV in a language placement test (administered by the World Languages Department)
  • Earn a "B" or better in the special courses Reading for French or German offered for graduate students;
  • Earn a "B" or better in two semester courses of an intermediate foreign language (i.e., Spanish III and Spanish IV);
  • Earn a "B" or better in a fourth semester foreign language course (i.e., Spanish IV)
  • Earn a "B" or better in a second semester Latin course (Beginning Latin II)
  • Alternatively, a student may meet this requirement by demonstrating competence in one foreign language and by demonstrating competence in an additional tool-of-research related to the student's area of specialization. This competency may be demonstrated by completing nine hours of coursework in a second academic discipline. The additional work may be in computer science, history, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, or other approved fields. Since the courses available in these disciplines may vary from time to time, students must obtain the advance approval of the Graduate Director to ensure that the particular courses they intend to take will fulfill the requirement. With the approval of the Graduate Director, students may also fulfill this requirement by attending seminars or special courses at other universities.

Qualifying Exam

After completing 30 hours of coursework, the language and tools-of-research requirements, and all incomplete grades, a student may take the Ph.D. examination. The exam will consist of three, three-hour written sections, the content of which depends on the student's specialization.

Dissertation

A student may not register for dissertation hours until officially admitted to candidacy. In order to be admitted, the student must have successfully completed the following steps: finished all class work, fulfilled language and tools-of-research requirements, passed the qualifying exam, and established a PhD dissertation committee that has been approved by the Department, College, and Graduate School. This committee should consist of one major professor and three additional members.