French, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D445

Program Requirements

  • Before completion of the degree, students must demonstrate reading competency in a second language if they have not already done so during their MA programs. They may take the departmental Graduate Reading Exam or complete two semesters or ten hours in another language.
  • A general examination based on coursework and a reading list established in consultation with the student's committee members is required for the Ph.D. 
Coursework in the Major (61 hours)
MLLL 5073Contemporary Literary Criticism3
Additional major coursework58
Additional Field (9 hours)
9 hours of concentration in another field, as approved by the student's committee9
Dissertation Research (minimum 2 hours)
FR 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation2
Additional graduate-level hours needed to reach 90 post-baccalaureate hours as approved by the student's committee18
Total Credit Hours90

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: