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The Doctor of Philosophy in English program at the University of Nevada, Reno offers students in the written word the opportunity to align their research with their own personal interests.
Three emphases are offered within this selective degree program: literature, rhetoric and composition and literature and environment. Students design their programs of study following departmental guidelines in consultation with their advisory committees, complete comprehensive examinations in their fields of specialization, and pursue original research resulting in a dissertation of publishable quality.
High proficiency in one foreign language (the equivalent of six semesters of college-level coursework), proficiency (the equivalent of four semesters) in two languages, or proficiency in one foreign language and in linguistics and language studies is required. Students in the program are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities, including academic conferences.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold an M.A. in English or a closely related field with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Potential applicants without an M.A. in English should talk with the Director of Graduate Studies before applying to determine whether their graduate work is comparable to that expected.
The Ph.D. program is 73 credits beyond the B.A. Up to 24 credits from an M.A. may be approved to count towards the degree. One credit of comprehensive examination is required and is allowed to fulfill the required 31 credits of 700-level course work.