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Doctor of Philosophy - English


Plan Description


The Ph.D. program is a highly specialized program designed to train students for careers in teaching at the college or university level and to develop in them a capacity for research, original thought, and writing that ordinarily accompanies such careers. The doctoral program is focused on literary study although a concentration of six credits may be earned in composition studies. At the time of admission the student chooses three areas in which to specialize: (1) a chronological period, (2) a literary genre, and (3) either an additional chronological period, a major author chosen from outside the selected chronological period and approved by the graduate committee, or a special topic approved by the graduate committee. All subsequent course work is devoted to developing a high degree of professional competence and knowledge in the three chosen areas of specialization. Such knowledge is tested in a qualifying examination and is also the basis upon which the student writes a doctoral dissertation.

The English Department, in conjunction with the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute, offers a program leading to the degree Doctor of Philosophy–English with Creative Dissertation. This program centers on the study of English and American Literature and is designed to train students for careers in the teaching of English at the college or university level, as well as for careers in writing, editing, and publishing. The program of study includes coursework in English and Creative Writing, a Qualifying Examination, and a Creative Dissertation, typically a collection of original poems, literary nonfiction, short stories, a novel, or a cross-genre manuscript. Differences in the requirements for admission and degree requirements between the two Ph.D. programs are indicated below. Additional details for the admission requirements and the degree requirements for each degree can be found on the English Department website.


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Learning outcomes for specific subplan tracks can be found below:

Plan Admission Requirements


Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission & Registration Requirements.

  1. All applicants must possess a B.A. in English or a related field from a regionally accredited university. Post-master’s applicants must possess an M.A. in English or a related field from a regionally accredited institution with at least 21 graduate credits and a graduate GPA of 3.50 or better.
    1. Students wishing to enter the Creative Writing Track may possess either an M.A. in English or a related field as stated above or an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from an accredited institution.
  2. Applicants must submit the following to the English department:
    1. Applicants must send one official set of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended to the Graduate College through the Grad Rebel Gateway portal.
    2. Official scores on the Verbal portion of the General Test and the Literature in English Subject Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
    3. Three letters of recommendation specifically for Ph.D. study from professors of English.
    4. Two or three writing samples totaling at least 30 pages of literary criticism, history or analysis and offering substantial evidence of the student’s ability to do work at the doctoral level.
    5. Students applying for the Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation must submit a creative writing sample of fiction, literary nonfiction, or poetry, of not less than 40 pages and not more than 100 pages, to be read and appraised by the Creative Writing faculty. The strength and quality of the writing sample in the opinion of the faculty is the primary basis for selection for admission.
    6. A letter of application to the Graduate Committee stating the applicant’s reasons for wanting to enter the program and the intended areas of specialization.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Subplan 1 Requirements: Post-Master’s Literature Track


Total Credits Required: 48

Course Requirements


Elective Courses – Credits: 33


Complete 33 credits in graduate-level advisor-approved English courses.

Dissertation – Credits: 12


Degree Requirements


  1. Of the required 36 course credits, all credits must be taken at the 700-level. Six of these may be earned with a concentration in Composition Studies.
  2. Courses completed at a grade below a B will not count towards the degree, and any student receiving more than one grade below a B will be separated from the graduate program.
  3. Only 6 credits of Independent Study can be applied to the program.
  4. Only 3 credits of ENG 798 (Doctoral Research) can be applied to a program.
  5. Demonstration of reading knowledge of two foreign languages or proficiency in one. Proficiency in a language is demonstrated by completion of two upper-division or graduate courses in the literature of that language with a B or better; or by passing a translation test administered and evaluated by English Department faculty fluent in that language.
  6. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a dissertation Advisory Committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.
  7. Qualifying Examinations: Superior performance is required on qualifying examinations in the student’s three areas of specialization. These examinations consist of three four-hour written exams: one in the historical period of specialization, one in the genre of specialization, and a third in an additional chronological period, a major author approved by the graduate committee, or a special topic approved by the graduate committee, and a two-hour oral examination. For more information visit the English department’s website here:  English Literature PhD Requirements.
  8. After passing the Qualifying Examination, and normally in the third or fourth year of the program, the student will begin a doctoral dissertation under the direction of an Advisor and Advisory Committee approved by the Graduate Director of the Department. The Prospectus for this Dissertation must be approved, and the Dissertation written, under the close supervision of the Advisor and Advisory Committee. The doctoral dissertation involves original thought and superior scholarship on a topic or author in English or American literature, or world literature in English.

Subplan 2 Requirements: Creative Dissertation Track


Total Credits Required: 48

Course Requirements


Required Course – Credits: 6


Complete 6 credits in one of the following:

Elective Courses – Credits: 30


Complete 30 credits in non-creative writing English courses.

Dissertation – Credits: 12


Degree Requirements


  1. Of the required 36 course credits, all credits must be taken at the 700-level.
  2. Courses completed at a grade below a B will not count towards the degree, and any student receiving more than one grade below a B will be separated from the graduate program.
  3. Only 6 credits of Independent Study can be applied to the program.
  4. Only 3 credits of ENG 798 (Doctoral Research) can be applied to the program.
  5. Demonstration of reading knowledge of one foreign language.
  6. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a dissertation committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.
  7. Qualifying Examinations: Superior performance is required on qualifying examinations in the student’s three areas of specialization. These examinations consist of three four-hour written exams: one in the historical period of specialization, one in the genre of specialization, and a third in an additional chronological period, a major author approved by the graduate committee, or a special topic approved by the graduate committee, and a two-hour oral examination. The Qualifying Examination is normally taken at the end of the second year or at the beginning of the third.  
  8. A student pursuing the Ph.D. in English with Creative Dissertation is expected to write the dissertation in fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction throughout all three years of the program, under the supervision of the student’s Advisor.  The Prospectus for the Creative Dissertation is only approved, however, after a student has passed the Qualifying Examination.  The Prospectus must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee, which includes the Advisor.

Subplan 3 Requirements: Post-Bachelor’s Literature Track


Total Credits Required: 75

Course Requirements


Elective Courses - Credits: 21


Complete 21 credits in graduate-level advisor-approved English courses.
 

 

After successfully completing the requirements above, students are eligible to earn the Master of Arts - English.

Elective Courses - Credits: 36


Complete 36 credits in graduate-level advisor-approved English courses.

Dissertation - Credits: 12 credits


Degree Requirements


  1. Of the required course credits, all credits must be taken at the 700-level. Six of these may be earned with a concentration in Composition Studies.
  2. Courses completed at a grade below a B will not count towards the degree, and any student receiving more than one grade below a B will be separated from the graduate program.
  3. Only 6 credits of Independent Study can be applied to the program.
  4. Only 6 credits of ENG 798 (Doctoral Research) can be applied to a program.
  5. Demonstration of reading knowledge of two foreign languages or proficiency in one. Proficiency in a language is demonstrated by completion of two upper-division or graduate courses in the literature of that language with a B or better; or by passing a translation test administered and evaluated by English Department faculty fluent in that language.
  6. In consultation with the advisor, the student will compile a portfolio to be assessed in order to receive an MA in English en route to receiving the Ph.D.
  7. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a dissertation Advisory Committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.
  8. Qualifying Examinations: Superior performance is required on qualifying examinations in the student’s three areas of specialization. These examinations consist of three four-hour written exams: one in the historical period of specialization, one in the genre of specialization, and a third in an additional chronological period, a major author approved by the graduate committee, or a special topic approved by the graduate committee, and a two-hour oral examination. For more information visit the English department’s website here:  English Literature Ph.D. Requirements.
  9. After passing the Qualifying Examination, and normally in the third or fourth year of the program, the student will begin a doctoral dissertation under the direction of an Advisor and Advisory Committee approved by the Graduate Director of the Department. The Prospectus for this Dissertation must be approved, and the Dissertation written, under the close supervision of the Advisor and Advisory Committee. The doctoral dissertation involves original thought and superior scholarship on a topic or author in English or American literature, or world literature in English.

Plan Graduation Requirements


  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her dissertation or creative dissertation by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. After the dissertation defense, the student must electronically submit a properly formatted pdf copy of their dissertation to the Graduate College for format check. Once the dissertation format has been approved by the Graduate College, the student will submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest. Deadlines for dissertation defenses, format check submissions, and the final ProQuest submission can be found here