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PhD in English

The Ph.D. program in English permits students to prepare broadly across traditional divisions of period, geography, and genre but demands also that students conduct specialized research at the highest level of intellectual engagement. The goal of this twofold approach to doctoral studies is to prepare students simultaneously to teach in multiple areas and to produce scholarship in their area of concentration. Doctoral students must be prepared to challenge the discipline and themselves, and to produce intellectual work worthy of the most outstanding journals and conferences in the field.

Students pursuing the Ph.D. in English studies may concentrate in virtually any literary subject, period, or genre, from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf and from the history of the British novel to contemporary world drama.

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Irrespective of concentration, all doctoral students must take the following courses:

  • ENGL 5340: Research Methods
  • ENGL 5342: Critical Methods
  • ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication
  • ENGL 5392: Teaching College Literature
  • First Year Writing Practicum-3 hours

All students must also take at least one course each in British literature, American literature, and Comparative literature as well as a minimum of six courses (18 hours) in their intended area of expertise. Most students satisfy some or all of the general requirements during the course of their MA program, even if that MA program has been completed at another university. Other courses--and particularly those in the intended area of expertise--must be completed at Texas Tech so that the doctoral candidate may form positive working relationships with faculty in her or his field of study.

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Ph.D. students participate in our innovative Professional Development Curriculum, designed to help students to acquire the professional skills, publishing credentials, and other experiences necessary to prepare them for entry into an ever-competitive academic job market. They also receive four to five years of committed assistantship support from the Department of English, annual support for travel to professional conferences, and state of the art library and computer facilities to support their research.

Note: the TTU English Department does not offer an online Ph.D. in Literature, Creative Writing, and Linguistics; we only offer an online M.A. degree.  Although we may at some future point offer an online Ph.D. in Literature, Creative Writing, and Linguistics, only our Technical Communication and Rhetoric program currently offers a doctoral program online.

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Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
Director / Advisor
Graduate Studies in Literature, Creative Writing and Linguistics

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