Coursework

The integrated M.A./Ph.D. requires two phases of coursework:

1.  A minimum total of 36 semester credit hours based on completion of the M.A.

8 courses taken for letter grades (24 credits), 4 courses taken for S/U grades (12 credits)
 
2.  A minimum total of 18 semester credit hours beyond the M.A.
 
4 courses taken for letter grades (12 credits), 2 courses taken for S/U grades (6 credits)
 
Many students choose to take courses beyond the minimum requirements, and several courses are recommended (though not required) for students in Candidacy, including English 8904: Writing for Publication and English 8997: The Dissertation Seminar.
 

Critical Theory Requirement

One course in Critical Theory (3 credits). Must be taken for a letter grade.

May be fulfilled through English 6760, 6761, 6776.01, 6776.02, 6790, 6791, 7861, 7876, 7890, 7891, or 8888.

*Note: Additional courses in English or other departments can be petitioned to count.


Breadth Requirement

Two courses to add breadth to the student’s program (6 credits). Must be taken for a letter grade.

Students concentrating on literature or theory after 1800:
2 courses in pre-1800 literature, rhetoric, folklore, etc.
 
Students concentrating on literature or theory before 1800:
2 courses in post-1800 literature, rhetoric, folklore, film, etc.
 
Students concentrating in non-literary fields:

2 courses to add breadth as determined in consultation with the faculty advisor and DGS


Graduate Workshop Requirement

In addition to their regular coursework, M.A./Ph.D. students must complete 2 Graduate Workshops by the end of their fourth year in the program (preferably before Candidacy).

The Graduate Workshops provide opportunities to enrich the department's formal graduate curriculum by regularly bringing in scholars from other institutions to discuss their recently published and current work with students and faculty. Typically, the department is able to offer 3 to 5 Workshops per academic year, which rotate among fields. Each Workshop is organized by a faculty coordinator, and students enroll by signing up with the graduate studies office.  

The visiting speaker participates in two events: a public lecture or other kind of formal presentation, open to all members of the department and university community, and a closed session with graduate students who have enrolled in the Workshop. For the smaller Workshop, the visiting speaker assigns a text or group of texts for discussion (his or her own work or some other work relevant to the speaker's current interests).  Students read the assigned texts on their own and submit short position papers to the faculty coordinator. The completion of these short essays, in combination with student participation, determine whether a student receives a grade of "S" (Satisfactory) or "U" (Unsatisfactory) for the Workshop.

Information about the coming academic year's Graduate Workshops can be found on the Graduate Studies Events page.


S/U Grading Guidelines

Individual faculty set the specific guidelines for S/U versions of graduate courses. The typical expectation for a grade of "S" (Satisfactory), however, is that students complete readings, contribute meaningfully to class discussion, and satisfactorily complete readings-related assignments that enrich discussion (e.g., writing brief reading responses, posting comments to Carmen discussions, and/or leading in-class discussions on readings). Students taking a graduate course for S/U credit will typically not be expected to write longer papers or to complete and present on independent research projects.
 

Independent Study

Graduate Independent Study courses require the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study should consult with the appropriate faculty member at least a semester in advance. The faculty member should then prepare a one-page request that briefly outlines 1) the rationale for the Independent Study (e.g., why the student is unable to pursue similar work in regularly scheduled courses) and 2) the syllabus for the Independent Study (e.g., list of readings, schedule of meetings, specific assignments or projects to be completed).

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