The doctoral program is designed to prepare students to teach at the college level and conduct research in literature written in English. Specifically, the program seeks to develop the following:
Course-credit hours : The candidate for the Ph.D. degree must complete 54 hours of course work beyond the B.A., including 24 hours beyond the M.A. In addition, 12 hours of dissertation credit are required. During the student's first semester in the doctoral program, the student prepares a Doctoral Program Planning Form in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. The form lays out a schedule of course work designed to complete the distribution requirements and prepare for the qualifying exam and dissertation.
These can be satisfied with courses taken at the graduate or advanced undergraduate (upper-division) level. Courses taken elsewhere satisfy distribution requirements if they are equivalent to Marquette offerings.
Make sure to visit our Graduate School Doctoral Student Checklist to make sure you fulfill all of the requirements.
The department awards a Ph.D. degree after a student has demonstrated the ability to perform well in the prescribed courses, has passed a qualifying examination, and has written a dissertation. Graduate coursework in English provides the student with opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge of specific literary issues in the students' areas of concentration. The qualifying exam facilitates the student's efforts to refine one's knowledge of selected areas of literary studies and, more importantly, to develop independently, enhancing one's abilities to contextualize, analyze, and synthesize literary studies. The dissertation work foregrounds the student's abilities to present insightful, innovative work in a precisely defined sphere of literary studies. At the conclusion of doctoral studies, the student has acquired the skills to present coherent introductions to literary studies to new undergraduates, to offer engaging upper level courses in particular areas of interest, and to conduct sophisticated research suitable for publication and for dissemination in graduate studies.
The following forms are required by the Graduate School. Failure to complete any of them will prevent or forestall your graduation, so please be conscientious about obtaining appropriate signatures from faculty. All forms should be given to the department administrator who will copy them for your file and then route them to the Graduate School.1. 1st semester, 1st year of PhD program
2. Upon completing the Dissertation Qualifying Exam:
3. Dissertation Defense Forms
4. Upon completion of the Dissertation