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Program Components

The main components of the program are course work, a candidacy examination (taken approximately midway in the coursework), proof of proficiency in a foreign language (other than English), the completion of a research skills requirement (through appropriate coursework or a second foreign language), comprehensive examinations, and the dissertation.

Candidacy Examination
A student will be considered for candidacy in the Literature program after no less than 12 but no more than 18 semester hours of doctoral credit have been completed. To be admitted to candidacy, the applicant must pass the Literature program’s candidacy exam and fulfill all Graduate School requirements for candidacy.
Comprehensive Examinations
These examinations fall between the completion of the course work, language requirement, research skills requirement, and the beginning of the dissertation.
Course Requirements
A minimum of thirty hours of coursework (excluding the dissertation and, for certain students, the prerequisite Bibliographical Methods in English) is required beyond the M.A. for the Doctor of Philosophy in Literature and Criticism.
The dissertation presumes control of skills developed throughout the program and shows the student’s ability to bring these skills to a written performance that sustains and develops them fully. The dissertation may be initiated only after comprehensive examinations have been successfully completed.
Foreign Language Requirement
The program requires a reading ability in a foreign language (not English) as measured by an exam designed by Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty in the Foreign Language departments, or by other means approved by the dean of the Graduate School.
Independent Seminar
Independent Seminar provides an opportunity for students to pursue interests not accommodated by course offerings.
Research Skills Requirement
Students must select one of the following three options to fulfill this requirement. 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.
Residency Requirement
The Residency Requirement may be satisfied in either of two ways: Academic Year or Semester-Plus-Summer, or Summers Only.
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