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Curriculum, Doctor of Philosophy in English and the Teaching of English

The Doctor of Philosophy in English and the Teaching of English prepares students for teaching careers in English at colleges and universities. The program emphasizes the study of English and American literature, course work in content-specific pedagogy, and supervised teaching internships. Students also undertake directed, specialized research in a required dissertation.

General Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy in English requires a minimum of 39 semester credits beyond the MA.

A course completed as part of a student's MA program may be approved by the Graduate Director to satisfy a particular requirement of the PhD program, up to a maximum of 9 credits; however, the substitution of course work does not waive the minimum credit requirement for the PhD program.

With the approval of the Graduate Director, students may transfer up to 9 credits of coursework beyond the MA from other institutions.

Three semesters of full-time residence study are required.

Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average to advance to candidacy for the PhD Three grades below B- during the entire program will automatically disqualify a student.

Graduate students must follow the policy on incomplete grades as it is listed in the Idaho State University Graduate Catalog. Teaching assistantships and PhD fellowships will not be renewed for students with incomplete grades on their transcripts.

Special Requirements

Student must complete at least 27 of the required 39 credits at the 600 level or higher.

Students must complete two supervised teaching internships. The student must submit a detailed proposal for each internship to the Graduate Committee for approval prior to the semester of the internship. The proposal must be endorsed by the member of the graduate faculty who has agreed to supervise the internship. An unacceptable PhD internship will have the same consequences as a course grade of C.

Students will write a dissertation with a section exploring the implications of the research for the student's teaching of English. This dissertation project will be designed in consultation with a member of the English graduate faculty, who will serve as chair of the dissertation committee. The dissertation committee shall consist of three members of the graduate faculty, at least two of whom are English graduate faculty. In consultation with the dissertation director, the student is responsible for assembling the dissertation committee. The dissertation proposal must be approved by all members of the student's dissertation committee and then submitted, with the comprehensive exam lists attached, to the Graduate Director for review, according to the guidelines in the English Graduate Handbook. A Graduate Faculty Representative (GFR) will be appointed after review of the proposal and exam lists.

Students must present a colloquium on the topic of the dissertation research, given in the last semester of their degree work, which will allow them to obtain experience in presenting the results of their research to their peers.

Course Work

Required Core Course

  • ENGL 612 Introduction to Graduate Studies in English 3 cr

Pre- and Post-1800 Literature Component
A minimum of six credits, fulfilling the following requirements:

  • One seminar in the 62x series that is focused on pre-1800 literature*
  • One seminar in the 62x series that is focused on post-1800 literature*

Teaching Component
A minimum of 12 semester credits, fulfilling the following requirements:

  • ENGL 631 Seminar in Teaching Writing 3 cr
  • ENGL 700 Supervised Teaching Internship 3 cr
  • An additional seminar in the teaching of English, approved by the department 3 cr
  • An additional supervised teaching experience, chosen from:
    • ENGL 700 Supervised Teaching Internship 3 cr
    • ENGL 783 Practicum in Second Language Teaching 3 cr

Language Component
A minimum of 3 credits, chosen from the following list:

  • ENGL g501 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL g580 Varieties of American English
  • ENGL g581 Studies in Grammar
  • ENGL g584 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL g585 Linguistic Analysis
  • ENGL g586 Old English
  • ENGL g587 History of the English Language
  • ENGL g588 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 680 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 685 Seminar in Linguistics

Electives
Students take 15 additional credits of electives (chosen in consultation with their advisor) that will contribute to knowledge and skills necessary for their dissertation topics and professional goals.

Course Work Limitations
A maximum of 6 semester credits taken outside of ENGL-prefixed courses may be counted toward degree requirements, with the approval of the Graduate Director.

Comprehensive Examination
Students are eligible to take the comprehensive exam after completing 36 credits beyond the MA Students must take the exam before defending the dissertation.

The comprehensive examination is both written and oral. The examination tests the student in the general areas listed below, but the student in consultation with his/her dissertation committee will design the specific subjects and reading lists on which he/she will be tested. The exam lists must be approved by all members of the student's dissertation committee and then submitted, along with the dissertation proposal, to the Graduate Director for review, according to the guidelines in the English Graduate Handbook.

The exam areas are:

  • the student's dissertation area
  • a broader field or literary period
  • an area in the teaching of English

The examining committee will consist of the three-member dissertation committee. In order to ensure that the examining committee has sufficient expertise to test the student in all three exam areas, the dissertation committee chair may propose to substitute a member of the dissertation committee with another member of the graduate faculty, so long as two members of the examining committee are English graduate faculty. The substitution must be approved by the Graduate Director.

The comprehensive examination may be repeated only once, and must be retaken within 12 months.

Foreign Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language, either modern or ancient, before the program of study is complete. The purpose of this requirement is for students to have a current knowledge of a language other than English and of its relation to the culture from which it originates.

Students may satisfy this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • By passing four semesters of one foreign language with an average grade of B, either during the course of study for the graduate degree or with an interval of no longer than two years between the completion of the last language course and the beginning of graduate study in English at Idaho State University.
  • By passing with a grade of B a two-part examination administered by the Foreign Language Department.
  • By having completed a major in a foreign language, as verified by a college transcript.
  • By having satisfied a foreign language requirement as part of having completed an MA in English with an interval of no longer than two years between the completion of the last language course and the beginning of graduate study in English at Idaho State University.
  • By having a first language other than English.

* Note: The 62x courses refer to new literature course numberings that will be effective in fall 2009.

Curriculum approved by the English Graduate Faculty (December 2007) and the ISU Graduate Council (October 2008)