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Ph.D. in English

The Ph.D. program in English at ULL affords students close professional guidance from a diverse graduate faculty distinguished in its commitment to both teaching and research. All doctorates in English have a foundation in British and American language and literature, thus students receive a broad education in the discipline that prepares them to teach effectively at any college level and provides the background for advanced research in their areas of particular expertise. Students also receive training in preparation for career diversity.

Ph.D. students may choose from the following concentrations:

• Literary and Cultural Studies 
• Creative Writing
• Folklore 
• Linguistics
• Rhetoric & Composition

Ph.D. Exam Areas

Ph.D. students choose four of the following areas for their comprehensive exams:

• English Literature to c.1500
• English Literature of the Renaissance
• English Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
• British Literature of the Nineteenth Century
• British Literature from c.1900 to the Present
• American Literature to 1865 
• American Literature from 1865 to 1945
• American Literature from 1945 to the Present
• Literary Theory
• Rhetoric and Composition Studies
• Linguistics
• Open Topic
• Africana Literature and Theory
• Children’s Literature
• Creative Writing Studies
• Drama
• Feminist Theory and Criticism
• Narrative Film
• Southern Literary Studies
• Speculative Fiction
• Folklore Studies

Assistantships Available for Fall 2020

For information about application requirements and expectations, visit the Graduate School's application information page.

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Additional Application Materials

In addition to the general Graduate School Application Materials you must also submit the following:

• Statement of Purpose mentioning your chosen concentration (1-2 pages)
• Curriculum Vitae with relevant academic and professional experience
• Critical Writing Sample with Academic Works Cited Page (10-20 pages)
• Graduate Assistantship Application (if applying for funding, found on Grad. School site)
• Creative Writing Sample (10-20 pages) – for candidates interested in the Creative Writing concentration only. The genre of the piece should reflect your intended focus area; specify either fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction. (This document should be uploaded as either a part of or alongside your critical writing sample in your application portal.)

GRE scores are not required. Contact the program's graduate coordinator for more details.

Application Deadlines

Priority review for admissions and assistantship decisions for the fall semester are due by January 15.

Applications for admission and assistantships for the spring semester are due by November 15.


Dr. Elizabeth Bobo
Phone: 337-482-6919
Griffin Hall, 246 and 248

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