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 Handbook.
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.
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.
Veronica WatsonDirector of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism