Doctor of Philosophy with an Emphasis in English Education

In order to receive the Ph.D. in English with an English Education Emphasis degree in the Department of English, you must fulfill through transferred or Western Michigan University earned credits the following requirements:

Core prerequisite courses

  • ENGL 6150: Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 6300: Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • One course in children's or adolescent literature
  • One English language or linguistics course

Distribution requirements

Four graduate level courses from the following list of required areas. Selection must include at least one course in American literature and must not skip over two contiguous periods. Areas from which the six courses must be chosen:

  • American Literature before 1865
  • American Literature 1865 to 1945
  • Medieval Literature to 1500
  • Renaissance Literature (through Milton)
  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Modern British Literature
  • Contemporary Literature

Teaching component

Nine hours of credit in graduate practica (ENGL 7130) for the following courses: ENGL 4790: Writing for the Secondary Teacher; ENGL 4800: Teaching of Literature in the Secondary Schools; and ENGL 1100: Literary Interpretation (or another undergraduate course by permission of the student's advisor).

Area of specialization

Beyond your required courses, you will elect 18 hours that constitute an area of specialization in preparation for your dissertation. Some credits from master's level work and distribution requirements may be included in the area of specialization.

  • English 5740: Grammar and the Teaching of Writing
  • English 6690: Methods of Teaching College Writing
  • English 6790: Composition Theory
  • English 6800: Advanced Methods in Teaching Literature
  • English 6810: Advanced Methods of Teaching Language and Composition
  • English 6910: Research and Scholarship in English Education

Qualitative methods course

  • EMR 6480: Qualitative Research Methods.

Cognate area

You are invited to develop (with the approval of the graduate director) a cognate or support area of six to nine hours that complements your area of specialization. This may be selected from departmental courses or from courses taken in another department.

Doctoral readings

After taking your qualifying examination, you must take three to six hours of ENGL 7110: Doctoral Readings in preparation for your dissertation prospectus defense examination.

Dissertation hours

You must take 15 hours of ENGL 7300: Dissertation Hours. Once you have enrolled for ENGL 7300, you must continue to enroll in ENGL 7300 for at least one hour during each fall and spring semester until graduation.

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