All doctoral candidates will be required to complete 10 credits to qualify for the degree. Further description of program requirements by ear is included below.
- YEAR ONE
1.0 credit ENGL 6000 Doctoral Seminar
ENGL 6000 (Doctoral Seminar) is a required 1.0 credit course that must be taken in the first year of the program. Drawing on the expertise of various members of the faculty, ENGL 6000 will cover major issues related to the production of literature as a material object, as an institutional site or practice, and as an enabling concept.
2.0 credits of course work to be completed by April
These 2 credits will be selected from among the department’s 5000 and 6000 level courses. With the approval of the Graduate Supervisor, students may take 1.0 credit outside the English department. Approval will depend on relevance to the student’s program of study.
- YEAR TWO
By the end of this year students should have completed any remaining course requirements. Students should also satisfy their language requirement by the end of this year.
1.0 credit ENGL 6900 Comprehensive Examination (November)
ENGL 6900 will be completed by November (the beginning of Year Two) and will focus on the student’s primary field along with relevant critical issues. It is considered a breadth requirement and will normally consist of a sit-down examination based on a reading list compiled by experts in the field. It will be graded on the basis of pass/fail/distinction.
0.5 credit ENGL 6001 Proseminar
ENGL 6001 is a required 0.5 credit course (offered over two terms). It has two complementary objectives: it will continue the discussion of current theory that began in ENGL 6000 in order to focus on the current state of the Production of Literature, and it will ensure that students possess the skills necessary to function professionally in the discipline.
1.0 credit ENGL 6901 Doctoral Research Project (July)
ENGL 6901 will be completed by July and will comprise of an essay of publishable length and quality as well as an oral examination. It will be assigned a letter grade.
- YEAR THREE
Dissertation Proposal will be submitted in September (Beginning of Year Three)
As part of the proposal process, the student will participate in a discussion with his or her Dissertation Supervisory Committee.
4.5 Credits ENGL 6909 (Dissertation in Progress)
- YEAR FOUR
ENGL 6909 Continued
- Completion of dissertation will include an oral examination.
- We will make every effort to enable students to complete the program within four years. We do recognize that in some cases students will require additional time, and the existing funding formula for PhD students guarantees five years of TAships.