PhD in English

Programs of study for the PhD are organized into tracks, which specify recommended and required courses. These provide a focus and coherence to each student’s coursework, and are designed to help create a rigorous and diverse plan of study. Individualized tracks can also be developed with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.

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Requirements for the PhD Degree for Students Entering with a Bachelor’s Degree

The PhD degree for students entering with a bachelor’s degree is a 90 credit hour degree. In addition to the 60 hours required for the PhD degree for students entering with an MA degree from another institution, students entering with a bachelor’s degree will complete 30 hours of graduate work through these requirements:

In addition, students entering the PhD program with a bachelor’s degree will be required to fulfill the Department’s Language Requirement by displaying translating competency in one foreign language (French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, or any other approved by the Graduate Coordinator).

Normal duration of work for students entering with a bachelor’s degree: 12–14 semesters plus at least one summer term. The Department will support PhD students entering with a bachelor’s degree for up to six calendar years of satisfactory progress, not including summer funding.

Requirements for the PhD Degree for Students Entering with a Master’s Degree

The PhD degree for students entering with a Master’s Degree from another institution is a 60 hour degree. We will “transfer” up to 30 credit hours from another institution’s Master’s Degree program toward the total required 90 credit hours for the PhD. Students entering with a Master’s degree will complete 60 hours of graduate work beyond the 30 hours of the transferred Master’s Degree through these requirements:

1. Course Work. Students must earn 21 semester hours plus hours of dissertation credit and research hours necessary to meet the Graduate School’s minimum enrollment requirements. The track paradigm for the PhD:

Total = 60 hours

2. Area Examinations and Dissertation Prospectus. Formal admission to doctoral candidacy follows the successful completion of two area examinations and approval of the dissertation prospectus. The area exams, designed by the student in consultation with his or her Supervisory Committee, must include an oral and a written component. They are based on reading lists drawn up by the student and his or her committee. Reading lists should relate to and support the dissertation proposal, see the Graduate Student Handbook.

3. Doctoral Dissertation and Final Oral Examination about the Dissertation.

Language requirement: Students entering the PhD program with a master’s degree from another institution and who have not fulfilled a foreign language requirement during their master’s program must display translating competency in one language (French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, or any other approved by the Graduate Coordinator) prior to being admitted to candidacy. Depending upon the student’s research project, his or her advisory committee may deem that the student display translation competency in a second language if successful completion of the research requires competency in another language.

Normal duration of work for the degree: 8–12 semesters (4–6 of course work and area examinations plus 4–6 of dissertation preparation). The Department of English will support students pursuing the PhD for up to 4 years of satisfactory progress, not including summer funding.

For more information regarding requirements for the PhD, see the Graduate English Handbook.

Contact

For further information about the PhD programs, contact:

Kathy Williams
Program Assistant to the Graduate Coordinator
Department of English
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117310
Gainesville, FL 32611-7310
(352) 392-6650, ext. 42870
email: <kcwill@english.ufl.edu>

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