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Ph.D. in English
Concentration - creative writing, description.
The Ph.D. in English literature is a specialist degree that prepares students for teaching in postsecondary education as well as for literary interpretation and scholarly pursuits. Upon completion of the degree, graduates should be aware of the richness inherent in literature written in English and to have honed to a high level both interpretive thinking and oral and written competencies.
Minimum Total Credit Hours: 54
The requirements for the Ph.D. in English include 24 hours of coursework beyond the master's degree or 42 hours of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree (additional courses may be required by the Graduate Admission Committee on an individual basis); 18 hours of dissertation; successful completion of an Advanced Candidacy Examination (comprehensive); an approved dissertation prospectus; and successful oral defense of a dissertation. For students admitted to the doctoral program with a bachelor's degree, the M.A. may be awarded upon successful completion of the Ph.D. candidacy exam. All students pursuing coursework for the Ph.D. should expect to meet with the director of graduate studies at least once a year to discuss their progress. During the Advanced Candidacy Exam, the student's Advisory Committee will vote on whether to award an M.A. in passing and whether to approve the student's admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree. The coursework must include Eng 600 during a student's first fall semester. Coursework must also include 6 hours in English or American literature before 1800; 6 hours in English or American literature after 1800; and up to 6 hours in related disciplines outside traditional English department courses. Of those 6 hours, up to 3 can be independent study or directed reading. All coursework must be completed before a student may submit any section of the Advanced Candidacy Examination. Graduate instructors teaching in the composition program are required to complete Eng 617 (Teaching College English).
Students may receive a Ph.D. with specialization in Renaissance and Early Modern studies by completing 21 hours of graduate course work in Renaissance and Early Modern studies, including a minimum of 9 hours in the Department of English and a minimum of 9 hours outside the department, and submitting a dissertation on a Renaissance or Early Modern subject. With the exception of the 6-hour requirement in literature after 1800 and the 6-hour limit on graduate course work in related disciplines, students pursuing this specialization must also satisfy all other general requirements for the Ph.D. in English.
Advanced Candidacy: Admission to advanced candidacy follows the successful completion of the Advanced Candidacy Examination, which is both a written and oral examination. See the Department of English website for further detail.
Dissertation prospectus: Soon after admission to advanced candidacy, the candidate is expected to submit a dissertation prospectus to the Ph.D. committee and an outside (extradepartmental) examiner.
Dissertation: The candidate is required to complete a book-length research project that makes an original and significant contribution to the field of literary studies. Candidates must successfully defend their dissertation before the Ph.D. committee and the outside examiner.
Foreign Languages: Although there is no foreign language requirement for the Ph.D. per se, the members of the dissertation committee may, depending on the student's dissertation topic, require that the student demonstrate competence in one or more foreign languages.
Other Academic Requirements
Ph.D. Committee-Each student, working in collaboration with the director of graduate studies, puts together a Ph.D. committee, composed of three members of the Department of English graduate faculty. The student and his or her Ph.D. committee design an individual program of study. The responsibilities of the Ph.D. committee include setting, administering, and evaluating the Advanced Candidacy Examination process; evaluating the dissertation prospectus; supervising and approving dissertation work; conducting and evaluating the oral dissertation defense; and recommending the conferral of the degree. A fourth (extradepartmental) examiner works with the committee to evaluate the candidate's work from the prospectus stage forward.
The Ph.D. in English with Creative Writing Concentration (C.W.C.) is designed to prepare creative writers who have completed a creative writing M.F.A. to teach university-level literature and writing classes. The program will provide an academically rigorous set of requirements designed to expand students’ knowledge of both a literary-historical field and some of the theoretical and aesthetic questions relevant to their own creative work and teaching interests. The objective is to prepare students to teach creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate level and literature courses at the undergraduate level. The C.W.C. program will only consider applicants who have completed an accredited M.F.A. program. The C.W.C. program is designed to grant students a Ph.D. in three years.
B.A. to Ph.D. (with M.F.A. awarded along the way)
Especially promising applicants to the M.F.A. program may be offered, at the time of their admission, a place in the Ph.D. C.W.C. program. The offer remains valid provided they complete all requirements for the M.F.A. degree within three years of their admission and remain in good academic standing. Completion of the B.A. to Ph.D. program will take six years. At the three-year point, when students have completed all requirements for the M.F.A. degree, they will be granted an M.F.A. and enrolled in the Ph.D. C.W.C. program. Students who wish to exit the B.A. to Ph.D. program with an M.F.A. after three years can do so, provided they have completed all M.F.A. degree requirements.
MINIMUM TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 54
The requirements for the Ph.D. in English with a Creative Writing
Concentration include :
- 33 hours of coursework beyond the M.F.A. (additional courses may be required by the Graduate Admission Committee on an individual basis)
- 21 hours of dissertation credit
- Successful completion of an Advanced Candidacy/Area Examination
- Successful oral defense of a dissertation.
All students pursuing coursework for the Ph.D. should expect to meet with the director of graduate studies at least once a year to discuss their progress. All coursework must be completed before a student may submit any portion of the Advanced Candidacy Examination.
Specific course requirements :
- 6 hours of coursework in English, American, or world literature before 1800
- 6 hours of English, American, or world literature after 1800
- 6 hours of creative writing workshop
- 15 hours of electives, including Eng 681/683 Form, Craft, & Influence, repeatable for credit once. Students may also count 6 hours of graduate coursework in related disciplines and/or directed reading toward their required hours.
Each student will assemble a Ph.D. committee, composed of four members of the English department graduate faculty whose teaching and research interests complement the student’s own plans for doctoral study. Two faculty members will be from the creative writing side and two will be from the literature side. The student and his or her Ph.D. committee are expected to design an individual program of study that contributes significantly to the student’s familiarity with the practice of creative writing as well as the broad scope of literary history, including areas such as theory, methodology, criticism, canonicity, and the reciprocities between literature and culture.
The responsibilities of the Ph.D. committee include setting, administering, and evaluating the Candidacy Examination and admitting the student to candidacy; supervising and approving dissertation work; conducting and evaluating the oral dissertation defense; and recommending the conferral of the Ph.D. degree. A fifth (extra-departmental) examiner works with the committee to evaluate the candidate’s work from the prospectus stage forward.
What does it mean to minor in creative writing.
- Eng 301. Poetry Workshop
- Eng 302. Fiction Workshop
- Eng 303. Nonfiction Workshop
- Eng 304. Screenwriting Workshop
- Eng 400. Advanced Poetry Workshop
- Eng 401. Advanced Nonfiction Workshop
- Eng 402. Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
- Eng 403. Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
- Eng 404. Special Topics in Creative Writing
- Eng 405. Nature Writing
Why is the University of Mississippi a good place to study creative writing?
The creative writing program is one of the top in the nation, with recognition as a “Top 10 University for Aspiring Writers” by CollegeMagazine.com. Our acclaimed creative writing professors include fiction writers, poets, and screenwriters who teach and mentor undergraduates. Below are some examples of their recognitions and awards.
- Beth Ann Fennelly is the Mississippi Poet Laureate and received the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.
- Chris Offutt won the Pushcart Prize for “Trash Food” and has scripts created into TV shows,with recognition from the Writers Guild of America for his episode of “True Blood.”
- Matt Bondurant’s internationally bestseller, The Wettest County in the World , was adapted into the feature film, Lawless.
- Kiese Laymon’s celebrated memoir, Heavy , received national recognition, including the Carnegie Medal.
- Aimee Nezhukumatahil’s work appeared in Poetry magazine and the Best American Poetry anthology, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
- Poet Derrick Harriell’s fictional debut with the short story, “There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
- Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter won LA Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller.
- Ann Fisher-Wirth’s These Things won the 2018 Terrapin Press prize.
- Melissa Ginsburg has worked in editorial positions for several literary magazines.
Kiese Laymon , Hubert H. McAlexander Professor of English, is a recipient of many literary awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Award and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. He is recognized for being a powerful literary voice for social justice and education.
After completing a degree from Oberlin College, Laymon earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Indiana and joined the UM faculty in 2015 first as a John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence then a professor.
“I came to Ole Miss because I needed to be back in Mississippi. I needed to breathe the Mississippi air and I needed to be close to Mississippi kids. I love Mississippi with everything I have. I just want us to be better. I’m trying to do my part to help myself be better, but I also want to help our state be better. I think part of that is acknowledging how wonderful and incredible we have been.”
Laymon created the Catherine Coleman Initiative for the Arts and Social Justice in the Department of English to expose high school students to fine arts and creative writing. Named after his grandmother, the program aims to connect with Mississippi high school students through the arts and creative writing.
Whom should I contact to learn more?
Dr. Ivo Kamps, Chair and Professor of English Department of English C128 Bondurant Hall The University of Mississippi University, MS 38677 (662) 915-7439 | email@example.com
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