Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: English Literature and Criticism
The Department of English offers a PhD program in English Literature and Criticism. This program offers students a variety of opportunities to study in all major areas of British and American literatures including prose, poetry, fiction, short story and drama starting from the Renaissance up to post-colonial / post-modern literature. The program also includes other areas of studies such as comparative literature, world literature in English translations and critical theories applied to award-winning literary texts. On the academic paradigm, the PhD program is designed to offer a comprehensive and intellectually challenging program for students who desire to be writers, proof-readers, critics , literary scholars, university professors, and professional leaders. Upon completion of the minimal course requirements, students are expected to receive a broad knowledge of English literature, Criticism, and Theory. Our faculty have been trained at premier research institutions throughout North America and Europe and are accomplished teachers and scholars. Doctoral students are supervised and supported from the beginning of the program, through thesis development, to dissertation defense and beyond.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
- Perform and defend an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
- Identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
- Communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
- Identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
- Demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.
Required Credit Hours :
minimum 54 hours