PhD in Composition and Applied Linguistics: Course Requirements

  • The program is designed to meet the needs of English instructors at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The core courses provide a foundation for students to specialize in composition and applied linguistics. This foundation is flexible enough to meet students’ individual needs and those of the academic marketplace.

    The core curriculum connects theory with practice and is designed to increase the professional qualifications and teaching effectiveness of instructors in teaching positions. The Composition and Applied Linguistics Program began in 1975 and was revised in 1986 and again in 2000.

    The Composition and Applied Linguistics Program recognizes the changing structure of education and the interdisciplinary nature of research into the nature and transmission of literacy. It provides central courses in research methods, technology and literacy, and language theory and offers options for a nine-credit specialization in Composition and Applied Linguistics. Doctoral students may begin the program in the summer or fall and must start with ENGL 800, ENGL 825 and ENGL 833. Students have 15 elective hours in the program, with courses offered in rhetoric, literacy, and applied linguistics. In addition, students have other required and elective courses.

    The program emphasizes the flexible yet intensive preparation of instructors of literacy. To achieve this flexibility, the program permits variation in the fields of concentration. All students study a common body of knowledge in central courses and focus their research on the uses of interdisciplinary knowledge for the transmission of literacy in the teaching of English. A unique feature is that students can select an academic year or a summers-only program option.

    Program Requirements

    Composition and Applied Linguistics Discipline Courses (9cr.)

    Course Title Credits
    ENGL 825 Second Language Literacy
    3cr.
    ENGL 830 Research and Practice in the Teaching of College Composition
    3cr.
    ENGL 833 Theories of Composition 3cr.

    Research Sequence (12cr.)

    Course Title Credits
    ENGL 800 Research Methods in Composition and Applied Linguistics
    3cr.
    ENGL 815 Qualitative Research Methods in Composition and Applied Linguistics
    3cr.
    ENGL 820 Quantitative Research Methods in Composition and Applied Linguistics
    3cr.
    ENGL 835
    Research Design and the Craft of Writing
    3cr.

    Advanced Research Seminars (two courses required)

    Course Title Credits
    ENGL 846 Research Seminar*
    3cr.
    ENGL 846 Research Seminar*
    3cr.

    (*May also be taken for repeat credit as an elective)

    Electives (three courses required)

    Course Title Credits
    ENGL 803 Language and Cognition
    3cr.
    ENGL 805 Language and Social Context
    3cr.
    ENGL 808 Technology and Literacy
    3cr.
    ENGL 823 Second Language Teaching**
    3cr.
    ENGL 824 Second Language Acquisition**
    3cr.
    ENGL 831 Rhetorical Composition
    3cr.
    ENGL 842
    Cross-Cultural Communication**
    3cr.
    ENGL 845
    Theories of Literacy
    3cr.
    ENGL 847
    Identity, Power, and the Multilingual Writer
    3cr.
    ENGL 848
    Advanced Topics in Linguistics
    3cr.
    ENGL 854
    World Englishes in Comp & Applied Linguistics
    3cr.
    ENGL 867
    Research on Writing Centers and Writing Program Administration 3cr.
    ENGL 881
    Special Topics
    3cr.

    (**May be taken as an online course)

    Courses in Other Programs Such as Literature & Criticism or Education

    (as approved by Composition and Applied Linguistics director)

    Total Course Hrs. 36cr.
    Dissertation 12cr.