English: Rhetoric & Writing Studies, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D375 R577

Program Requirements

Required Courses (5000-6000 level) 1
ENGL 5113Teaching College Composition3
ENGL 5403Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing Studies3
ENGL 6103Research Methods in Rhetoric and Writing3
Electives: Six courses (18 hours), two of which may be outside Rhetoric & Writing Studies. 218
PhD Exam Hours
ENGL 6880Research for PhD Exam3
Dissertation Hours
ENGL 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 2 hours, maximum 30)2-30
Additional Coursework
Additional courses and/or transfer coursework from a previous master's degree to reach 90 post-baccalaureate hours30-58
Total Credit Hours90

If these courses have already been taken at the MA level, then students will take additional electives.


Students must take these electives at the 5000 or 6000 level, but may take one graduate 4000-level class, one course outside the department, and one directed reading (ENGL 5963) with permission from the student's chair and the departmental graduate committee.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: http://www.ou.edu/gradcollege/forms/bulletin