English PhD

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. 

Examples include: 

• 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. 

Concentration (18 semester hours)
18 semester hours minimum of ENG courses.18
Dissertation (9-12 semester hours)
No less than 9 semester hours
ENG 718Doctoral Dissertation3-12
Secondary Area (6 semester hours)
6 semester hours minimum in ENG courses6
Professional Internship (21 semester hours)
21 semester hours of ENG courses21
Note: ENG 615 Professing English, is required of all doctoral students.
Note: ENG 675, Teaching College Reading and Writing (Colloquium), is required of all Graduate Teaching Assistants
Note: No more than 49% of coursework can be online.
Research Tools
For completion of the Ph.D. in the Department of Literature and Languages, students must meet the Research Tool requirement, which may be satisfied by completing one of the following two options:
Option 1. Completion of 12 undergraduate hours or more of a foreign language; or 6 graduate hours or more in a foreign language; or existing fluency in second language; or ability to pass a foreign language proficiency test.
Option 2: Completion of 4 of the following courses: ENG 501, ENG 520, ENG 599, ENG 615, ENG 675, ENG 680, ENG 681, ENG 686, ENG 775, ENG 776.
These courses will count toward the total required hours for the degree.
Electives (6 semester hours)
6 semester hours of ENG courses6
Total Hours60

English PhD with emphasis/concentration in Applied Linguistics 

Fully online

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 full-time 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).

  1. Completion of 18 applicable graduate hours at a minimum of 3.5  (i.e., no more than 3 B's in the first 18 hours of classwork). 
  2. If applicable, performance in a teaching or research assistantship.
  3. Evidence of engagement in professionalization in the field: This may include:
    1. Joining a professional organization such as TESOL, AAAL, local/regional TESOL groups
    2. Giving a professional presentation
    3. Attending a regional/national/international conference
    4. Attending workshops/symposia/guest lectures in person or online
    5. Volunteer activities in literacy/refugee/library programs
  4. 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.
  5. Qualifying Exam (Submission of two research papers & an oral exam)
  1. 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 full-time faculty must sign off on each paper as appropriate to submit for PEP.
  2. 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.
18 hours in area of Emphasis/Concentration
Choose 6 from the following:
ENG 501Structure Eng Language3
ENG 555General Linguistics3
ENG 557Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods I3
ENG 558Sociolinguistics3
ENG 559Lang & Culture in Class3
ENG 562Psycholinguistics3
ENG 657Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods II3
ENG 658Sound Systems of English: Pedagogical Applications of Phonology & Phonetics3
ENG 670Pragmatics & Language Tchg3
ENG 671Discourse Analysis3
ENG 672Second Language Acquisition3
ENG 685Computational Linguistics3
ENG 686Quantitative Methods for Linguists3
ENG 687Qualitative Methods3
6 hours in Secondary Area
Choose 2 from the following:
ENG 513Composing in the 21st Century 3
ENG 613Digital Humanities3
ENG 685Computational Linguistics3
21 hours in Professional Internship
ENG 599Bib & Methods of Research3
ENG 611Writing with Digital Media3
ENG 615Professing English3
ENG 675Colloq: Teach Coll Rdg & Wtg3
ENG 681Academic Discourse3
ENG 771Writing Democracy3
ENG 776Methods and Methodologies in Writing Studies3
Research Tools
1) Option 1: Completion of 12 undergraduate hours or more of a foreign language; or 6 graduate hours or more in a foreign language; or existing fluency in second language; or ability to pass a foreign language proficiency test.
2) Option 2: Completion of 4 of the following courses: ENG 501, ENG 520, ENG 599, ENG 615, ENG 675, ENG 680, ENG 681, ENG 686, ENG 775, ENG 776
6 hours in Electives
Choose 2 from the following:
ENG 579Style and Stylistics3
ENG 688Teaching and Researching L2 Writing3
ENG 690Etymology: The History of Words3
ENG 697Special Topic3
9 Dissertation Hours
ENG 718Doctoral Dissertation9
Total Hours60

 Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.

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