Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of English

Program Learning Outcomes for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of English

Upon completing the MA and PhD degrees in the field of English, students will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of abilities in literary, cultural, and critical studies, including: critical reading, thinking, and writing; professional methodologies; literary and cultural histories, and theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives.
  2. Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge in fields of specialization for research and teaching.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to teach literature and culture at the university level.
  4. Demonstrate professional level skills in public and oral presentation through participation in symposia, work-in-progress groups, conferences, and in-course presentations.
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to create professional-level and ultimately publishable research that makes original contributions to scholarly debates.

Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of English

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. As part of their training, graduate students participate in both the teaching and research activities of the department. Upon entering, students will be assigned to a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), consisting of two faculty members. In consultation with their PAC, students will design their own individualized program structured by the requirements listed below. For more detailed information, please see the department's Graduate Handbook found under the Policies tab. 

PhD Degree Program

To gain admission to PhD candidacy, students must satisfy the first six of the following requirements. To earn a PhD in English, candidates also must complete the last two requirements. Students must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 13 graduate courses, of which at least 10 must be graduate seminars. With the approval of the PAC, students may enroll in ENGL 621, either as a traditional directed reading course or in conjunction with a 400-level English course to which a graduate component has been added. ENGL 621 counts toward the 13 required graduate courses but does not count as a graduate seminar. Students also are encouraged to take graduate courses in other departments related to their areas of interest. These will count toward the 13-course requirement but not usually for distribution.
  2. Satisfactorily complete the following three required courses: ENGL 600, ENGL 610, and ENGL 605. These count toward the 13-course requirement.
  3. Satisfactorily complete the distribution requirement, which consists of two courses before 1800 and two after 1800. These count toward the 13-course requirement.
  4. Satisfactorily complete the teaching requirement by serving twice as a teaching assistant, completing ENGL 510, and teaching at least one lower-level course designed in conjunction with the instructor of ENGL 510. ENGL 510 counts toward the 13-course requirement.
  5. Pass a qualifying exam that consists of two qualifying papers, and pass an oral exam. Refer to the department's Graduate Handbook found under the Policies tab. 
  6. Complete a dissertation prospectus that defines the topic of the dissertation, the particular thesis that the dissertation hopes to develop about the topic, and the relevance and importance of the dissertation's thesis debates to the student's chosen field(s). The dissertation prospectus and a satisfactory draft of a chapter must be approved for the student to advance to candidacy.  Refer to english.rice.edu for further details.
  7. Complete a dissertation that demonstrates a capacity for independent and original work of high quality.
  8. Pass an oral exam defense of the dissertation and related fields of study.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of English90

Degree Requirements 

Required Courses
ENGL 510PEDAGOGY SEMINAR3
ENGL 600TOPICS IN LITERARY STUDIES3
ENGL 605THIRD-YEAR WRITING WORKSHOP3
ENGL 610TOPICS IN LITERARY STUDIES PART 23
ENGL 800PHD RESEARCH AND THESIS1-9
Distribution Requirements 1
Elective Requirements
5 Additional Courses at the 500-level or above. 15
Total Credit Hours Minimum of 90

Footnotes and Additional Information 

MA Degree Program

The MA degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. The English department does not have an MA program, but offers the MA degree to those PhD students who have achieved candidacy and are in the process of completing the doctorate, and to qualified PhD students who leave the program before completing the doctorate. To receive an MA students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete at least 33 hours of graduate work in English at Rice University. Courses must be those that count towards the PhD in English. Students must satisfactorily complete ENGL 600 and distribution requirements for the PhD (see above).
  • Satisfactorily complete two teaching assistantships (ENGL 601/ENGL 602) and two research assistantships. These do not count toward the 33-hour requirement.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MA Degree in the field of English33

Degree Requirements 

Required Courses
ENGL 510PEDAGOGY SEMINAR3
ENGL 600TOPICS IN LITERARY STUDIES3
ENGL 605THIRD-YEAR WRITING WORKSHOP3
ENGL 610TOPICS IN LITERARY STUDIES PART 23
Distribution Requirements 1
Elective Requirements
7 Additional Courses at the 500-level or above. 21
Total Credit Hours Minimum of 33

 Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of English

Department of English Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the Department of English publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2017_18/English_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Financial Support

Financial support depends upon satisfactory progress towards the degree.

For additional information, please see the English website: http://english.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of English

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this degree.