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Creative Writing Ph.D. Requirements

Graduation Requirements for the Ph.D. in English Creative Writing Concentration

10 Courses—120 Total Credit Hours

In addition to the general Ph.D requirements, doctoral students in creative writing must take two literary history seminars in their period of specialization and one literary history seminar in a period other than their period of specialization. They must also take three creative writing workshops in their genre and one creative writing workshop outside their genre. In preparation for the creative writing dissertation, they take a graduate elective, which can be a course outside the department or a fifth workshop.

Seminars are 4 credit hours. The remaining hours come from professionalization courses, reading hours, and / or electives.

  • ENG 5950: Introduction to English Studies
  • ENG 5890: Teaching College English (required only for teaching assistants)
  • Three Creative Writing Workshops in Specialization
  • One Creative Writing Workshop outside Specialization
  • Two Literature Courses in Specialization
  • One Literature Course outside Specialization
  • One Elective Course (can be from outside the department)
  • ENG 7910: Professional Issue in Teaching College English (1 hour per semester; required only for teaching assistants)
  • ENG 7770: Colloquium on the Profession (1 hour per semester)
  • Foreign Language Reading Proficiency
  • Comprehensive Examinations
  • Dissertation

Independent Reading 5930

Finish hours with these classes. These reading hours have not been counted toward the course totals in each degree concentration, but they do count toward the total number of credit hours required per semester to maintain a teaching assistantship.

Minimum Semester Hours

Students with teaching assistantships will complete the program with 120 hours, but the program could be completed by full-time students without teaching assistantships in 46 hours.

Foreign Language Requirement

Reading Proficiency demonstrated by translation exam or completion of ML 5900.