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Ph.D. in English

Ph.D. Curriculum

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Completion of 72 credits is required for the Ph.D. degree. All courses taken for program credit must be at the 500 and 600 level. The Graduate School allows 7 years to complete the program.

  • 30 credits for the M.A. (competed before entering the Ph.D. program)
  • 24 credits of course work including ENG 510/511 and ENG 514
  • 18 credits dissertation research
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Defense

Registration in at least 3 courses (9 credits) during a regular semester is considered full-time enrollment. Students take one to two 3-credit courses per semester for part-time enrollment. Teaching Assistants are considered full-time with registration in 6 credits. The curriculum is organized around three distinct groups of courses:

  • The first consists of core courses in professional study and studies in critical theories.
  • The second includes coursework that reflects a balance of graduate seminars in a range of period and national literatures, film, and creative writing. In addition, the program offers one to two “Special Topics” courses each semester designed to showcase the instructor’s current research and scholarship.
  • The third is for dissertation research.

CORE COURSES

ENG 510 Introduction to Professional Study I (1.5 crs.) Orientation to the major discourses, critical frameworks, and databases constituting graduate researchin language and literary studies, including computer-assisted research methodologies.

ENG 511 Introduction to Professional Study II (1.5 crs.) Orientation to the major discourses, critical frameworks, and databases constituting graduate researchin language and literary studies, including computer-assisted research methodologies. Pre: ENG 510

ENG 514 History of Critical Theories (3 crs.) Historical survey of critical theory from antiquity to the present.

ENG 699 Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-12 crs.) Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee.

Graduate Courses

  • Current Graduate Course Offerings
  • URI Catalog: All English Courses 
  • Additional Courses: We offer graduate seminars in a range of period and national literatures, film, and creative writing. In addition to the required courses and courses in areas of concentration, the Graduate Program offers two “Special Topics” courses each semester. Each “Special Topics” course is designed to showcase the instructor’s current research and scholarship.

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