Doctor of Philosophy in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis

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

Core prerequisite courses

  • ENGL 6150: Literary Criticism
  • One forms course
  • One genre specific course
  • One English language or linguistics course

Distribution requirements

Six graduate level courses from the following list of required areas. If you choose a creative writing emphasis you must take a contemporary literature course. Selection must also 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

You must take two courses in teaching and pedagogy. This component can be fulfilled in one of two ways:

  • By taking
    • ENGL 6690: Methods of Teaching College Writing, and
    • Either another three credits as a practicum in teaching in the discipline or a three-credit theoretical course in the teaching of literature, composition or English language.
  • By taking six hours elected from courses or practica in the teaching of composition, literature, English language or creative writing.

Area of specialization

Beyond your required courses, you will elect 12 workshop hours in preparation for your dissertation. Some credits from master's level work and distribution requirements may be included in the this area.

Non-traditional requirement

You must take one course that focuses on literature in English by an ethnic minority group, by women writers, by post-colonial cultures, or by other groups not traditionally emphasized in the canon.

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 doctoral readings 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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