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Guidelines and Curriculumn

  • Only coursework completed with a 'B' or better may apply toward completion of the doctoral degree; in addition, doctoral students are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • All requirements toward a doctoral degree, aside from a completed master's degree, must be completed with in a period of ten consecutive calendar years from the date doctoral credit is first earned.
  • Residency: Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in full time courses for at least two consecutive semesters.
  • Students must complete 90 credit hours (including 12 dissertation hours) beyond the baccalaureate (6 to 9 hours may be taken toward a minor).


Rhetoric Core

ENG 5343. Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Practice
ENG 5353. Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Pedagogy of Electronic Texts
ENG 6203: History of Rhetoric I
ENG 6213: History of Rhetoric II
ENG 6223. History of Rhetoric III

Electives: 6 hours (in consultation with the student’s advisor)
Literature Component: At least 18 hours
Linguistics Component: At least 3 hour
Literary Theory Component: Minimum of 3 hours
Dissertation: Minimum of 12 hours
Electives: The remaining required hours (of 90 beyond the baccalaureate) will be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor). 

Research Tools (see Rhetoric Program description)

Students will complete Qualifying Examinations (given only in April, July*, and November each year) in three content areas: historical/theoretical rhetoric, applied rhetoric, and literature. Recently, the faculty of ESFL voted to expand the number of literary periods covered by the third area of the comprehensive doctoral examinations.  The new areas of British Literature are: Old and Middle English Language and Literature; The Renaissance and 17th Century; Restoration and Early/Mid-18th Century (ends at 1783); Late 18th Century and 19th Century; 20th and 21st Century. Areas of American Literature students may select continue to be pre-1865 or post-1865. Students already in the program may choose to remain with the previous structure of two literary periods.

Students will write a dissertation, followed by a defense and final examination.

*The July date is contingent upon the committee members' availability. Some faculty members do not teach during the summer term.

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Spring 2014 Advising

Dr. Vivian Casper is the advisor for undergraduates. Email her to set up an appointment.

Dr. Stephen Souris is the advisor for undergraduates seeking teaching certification. Email him to set up an appointment.

Contribute to the Scholarship Fund for Dr. Bridges

A group of former students and friends of Dr. Phyllis Bridges are working to establish a scholarship in her honor. See the letter explaining the fundraising effort.