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Requirements Checklist for the PhD in English



Course Requirements (15 graded courses)


Semester                        Course #                                                             Course Title                                             


1. ___________     ENCR 801                              Introduction to Literary Research (1st year, 1st sem.)                                      (required)


2. ___________     ENMD/RN/EC_____       ____________________________________________                                   pre-1800


3. _____                ______     ENMD/RN/EC_____       ____________________________________________  different  pre-1800


4. _____                ______     ENCR______________                     ____________________________________________ criticism or theory


5. ___________     ENPG 880                             Teaching Literature (1st year, 2nd sem.)                                                                (required)


6. ___________     EN_________________     ____________________________________________


7. ___________     EN_________________     ____________________________________________


8. ___________     EN_________________     ____________________________________________


9. ___________     EN_________________     ____________________________________________


10. __________     EN _________________     ____________________________________________                                                 


11. __________     EN _________________     ____________________________________________                                                 


12. __________     EN _________________     ____________________________________________                                                 


13. __________     EN _________________     ____________________________________________                                                 


14. __________     EN _________________     ____________________________________________                                                 


15. __________     ENGL 998                         Dissertation Seminar (4th year, 1st semester)                                                 (required)        



_____   Distribution Requirement: 2 courses in different areas of literature before 1800

                                                              1 course in Criticism or Theory


_____   Place-holder Courses: Each semester of your second year, you must register for ENXX 991; each semester

              of your third year, register for 12 hours of ENGL 997; fall semester, fourth year, register for ENXX 991 plus

              6 hours of ENGL 997; for each of your remaining semesters, register for 12 hours of ENGL 999.


_____    Required Audits: In addition to the 15 courses listed above, all doctoral candidates are required to audit two courses during the third year, attending faithfully and meeting all requirements apart from examination and submission of major essays; course instructors must certify satisfactory participation. These audited courses may be used to fulfill seminar, distribution and contiguity requirements.  List your two audits here:          


_____________             _____________________________________________________                                                     (Audit 1)


_____________             _____________________________________________________                                                        (Audit 2)

_____    Seminar Requirement: Doctoral candidates must take at least three 900-level seminars, in addition to the Dissertation Seminar.



_____    Foreign Language Requirement: The Department requires that candidates demonstrate either a mastery of one foreign language or a reading-knowledge proficiency in two.  Candidates may demonstrate mastery in one of two ways: 


                A. by achieving passing grades in two University of Virginia graduate courses in literature offered in the foreign language itself (not in translation). Such courses, which may also be counted toward completion of the course requirements for the PhD in English, must be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Studies.  List your two courses here:


____________            ____________________________________________                                 (Foreign Language 1)


____________            ____________________________________________                                 (Foreign Language 2)


B. by passing a two‑hour examination designed to ascertain the ability both to read critical and literary texts in the  foreign language (with the aid of a dictionary) and to write discursively in that language.  List the date of your foreign language mastery exam here:




The candidate may demonstrate a proficiency in two languages by passing a ninety‑minute examination designed to ascertain ability to translate prose into English (with the aid of a dictionary). List the language and the date you passed your two proficiency examinations here:


__________________________________________        _________________________                                          (Proficiency Exam 1)


__________________________________________        _________________________                            (Proficiency Exam 2)


The full foreign language requirement for the PhD must be completed before the student is allowed to take the doctoral oral examination.


Qualification for MA:  Students admitted for PhD study who have completed all other requirements may apply for conferral of the MA in English upon passing either of the two parts of the PhD qualifying examinations (period or field); they are not required to take a separate MA oral exam.  


PhD Qualifying Examinations


ญญญญ_____    Period Exam                                                       Date passed:  __________________________________________________


_____    Field Exam                                                          Date passed:  __________________________________________________



Requirements for PhD candidates transferring their MA from another university: MA transfers should consult the DGS about transfer credits and remaining course requirements.  Generally speaking, their requirements are the same as above, except that they are exempt from ENPG 880.  In most cases, they will need to take 6 graded courses at UVA, in addition to ENCR 801 and ENGL 998.


Additional requirements for students of medieval literature:  Students who wish to specialize in medieval literature must take ENMD 883, Prolegomena to Medieval Literary Research (or an approved equivalent); at least one course in Old English; and pass the Latin exam.  They must also satisfy the language requirement for the standard PhD: mastery of one language or proficiency in two.  Under the two-language proficiency option, medievalists should offer at least one medieval language (in addition to Old English).  (For this purpose, medieval Latin will count as a separate language.)