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Student Resources for Literature and Criticism

  • 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.

    Course Requirements

    Course Offerings, Fall 2017

    ENGL 674: Research Trends in English  
    ENGL 753/853:  Literature as a Profession
    ENGL 760/860: Teaching College Literature
    ENGL 761/861: Topics in American Literature Before 1870
    ENGL 763/863: Topics in British Literature Before 1660
    ENGL 765/865: Topics in Literature as Genre
    ENGL 766/866: Topics in Comparative Literature
    ENGL 773/873: Minority Literature
    ENGL 955: History of Criticism
    ENGL 984: Seminar in British Literature
    Independent Seminars

    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

    Veronica Watson
    Director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism
    Veronica.Watson@iup.edu 

    Graduate Secretary
    grad-eng@iup.edu