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PhD in Literature and Criticism: Student Resources

The main components of the PhD in Literature and Criticism program are course work, a candidacy examination, proof of proficiency in a foreign language (other than English), a research skills requirement, comprehensive examinations, and the dissertation. 

Find helpful details in the PhD in Literature and Criticism 2015–16 Handbook.

Course Requirements

Course Offerings, Spring 2016

ENGL 676: Critical Approaches to Film and Literature
ENGL 746/864: Topics in British Literature Since 1660: The Gender of Modernism
ENGL 753/853: Literature as a Profession
ENGL: 757/857 Digital Composition, Literature, and Pedagogy
ENGL 761/861: Topics in American Literature before 1870 Republic of Laughter: The Comic Tradition in Antebellum US Literature
ENGL 763/863: Topics in British Literature before 1660 Women and Writing in the Middle Ages
ENGL 765/865: Topics in Lit as Genre: Women in Film
ENGL 772/872: Topics in Women’s Literature Mystery and Manners: Fairy Tale, Magic, and the Uncanny in Women’s Literature
ENGL 797/897 Independent Seminar
ENGL 956: Literary Theory for the Teacher and Scholarly Writer
ENGL 984 Seminar: Seminar in British Literature: Adaptation From Shakespeare to Carter

Courses Offered in Previous Semesters

Candidacy Examination

Foreign Language Requirement

The program requires a reading ability in a foreign language (not English) as measured by an exam designed by faculty in the foreign language departments or by other means approved by the dean of the graduate school.

International students may use their native language to fulfill this requirement. Testing or verification must be accomplished after admission to the program. The Office of Career Services (Pratt Hall) administers language testing. Testing dates and applications for the test are available from this office.

Research Skills Requirement

Students must select one of the following three options. The option selected must have the approval of the director of Graduate Studies in Literature and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research and should be related to the student’s programmatic or research interests or long-range professional needs. If a student chooses course work to fulfill this requirement, the courses must be taken after admission to the doctoral program in literature.

  1. Six semester hours of graduate credit beyond the 30 hours required, with a grade of B or above, in approved and regularly scheduled rhetoric, linguistics, writing for publication, or computer courses, including Teaching Writing, Teaching College Literature, and Literature as Profession.
  2. Proficiency in a second foreign language (not English) as measured by an exam designed by Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty in the Foreign Language Department, or by other means approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The language must be relevant to the student’s dissertation research. Testing or verification must be accomplished after admission to the program. The Office of Career Services (Pratt Hall) administers language testing; testing dates and application for the test are available from this office.
  3. Six semester hours of graduate credit beyond the thirty hours required, with a grade of B or above, in history, philosophy, or other humanities courses directly related to the student’s research needs and approved by the director of Graduate Studies in Literature and the dean of the Graduate School.

Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Requirements

Contact Us

Dr. David Downing  
Director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism
downing@iup.edu

Margaret Shotts
Secretary of English Graduate Studies
mjshotts@iup.edu