The PhD in English requires 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree or 60 semester hours beyond the master’s, including 51 hours of coursework, and a minimum of 9-hours dissertation.
Residency Requirement for the PhD in English
Students may satisfy residency requirements in one of two ways:
I. Serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GAT) or Graduate Research Assistant (GAR) for at least one academic year. GATs and GARs will carry at least the minimum course load to maintain the assistantship, and GATs must successfully complete ENG 675. GATs will be mentored and observed in both the Writing Center and in teaching assistants' classrooms. In addition, students will be expected to observe others as they tutor and teach. Students will be encouraged to participate in the Spanish and English Graduates for Academic Development organization and to submit papers for presentation in regional and national conferences. Students will also be expected to maintain contact with the Doctoral Coordinator for English periodically to make sure they are on track to complete their degree.
II. Without the one-year teaching assistantship and ENG 675, students are required to take no fewer than four classes each year. In addition, students must maintain a portfolio of “residency activities” that contribute to professional development in their area of focus for each academic year prior to the completion of the comprehensive exam. The portfolio should document that development; in particular, the portfolio should be prefaced by a brief (2-3 pages) reflective analysis of the activities for that year.
• Conferences and workshops (attendance, participation, organization, etc.)
• Lectures and presentations
• Professional development activities
• Departmental academic advisement
• Development of multimedia resources
• Participation in student organizations (e.g. SEGAD)
The Doctoral Coordinator will evaluate portfolios as part of students' annual review of academic progress. If professional development activities are judged inadequate, students will be informed within two weeks of the evaluation and asked to meet with the Doctoral Coordinator to make a plan to meet residency requirements.
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English Ph.D. with emphasis/concentration in Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics Track
Students begin with a general advisor (usually Program Director of MA/MS) – unless there is a different arrangement – this will usually change after the Professional Evaluation Process to a specific advisor.
On completion of 6 courses (18 credit hours) or two years in the program whichever comes first, PhD students will undertake a Professional Evaluation Process (PEP). This is usually in consultation with the program advisor but may be with another fulltime faculty member.
[NOTE: For students who have completed their MA/MS in Applied Linguistics at TAMUC, the 18 hour rule does not apply]
The 18 hours must include:
ENG 501 Structure of English (or its equivalent)
ENG 555 General Linguistics (or its equivalent)
ENG 599 Bibliography and Methods (or its equivalent)
ENG 615 Professing English
ENG 686 Quantitative Methods
ENG 687 Qualitative Methods
Professional Evaluation Process (after 18 credit hours).
- Completion of 18 applicable graduate hours at a minimum of 3.5 (i.e., no more than 3 Bs in the first 18 hours of classwork).
- If applicable, performance in a teaching or research assistantship.
- Evidence of engagement in professionalization in the field: This may include:
- Joining a professional organization such as TESOL, AAAL, local/regional TESOL groups
- Giving a professional presentation
- Attending a regional/national/international conference
- Attending workshops/symposia/guest lectures in person or online
- Volunteer activities in literacy/refugee/library programs
- One page career orientation plan: The plan should cover both short-term (during the PhD Program) and long-term career plans/goals and the appropriate preparation plan.
- Qualifying Exam (Submission of two research papers & an oral exam)
- The student submits two research papers to the PEP committee for their consideration. These may be PhD course papers that have been graded by faculty or an original research contribution proposed for a conference or publication. At least one member of fulltime faculty must sign off on each paper as appropriate to submit for PEP.
- Oral Exam (30-60 mins): The objective of the oral exam is for the PEP committee to determine your ability to successfully complete the program. Several areas of competence are considered: 1) your comprehension of principles and concepts basic to the discipline; 2) the strength of your academic writing; and 3) your facility with research and scholarly activity.
Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.
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