Progress to Degree
On average, students complete the PhD program in 5-7 years. The Graduate College limit for students in the program is 10 years. See: Timeline to Degree.
All PhD students are required to take the following courses. Credit toward the PhD is not given for any course in which the student receives a grade of less than B. Courses are four (4) credits unless otherwise noted.
Classes are four (4) credits each (view COURSES by series list) unless otherwise noted.
Both written and oral preliminary examinations are required. The UIC English PhD Preliminary Examination consists of three written examination papers, followed by an oral examination on those papers. Two "Field Examinations" are based upon two separate reading lists, and are written in a takehome format. One "Research Examination" is written in the form of a submitted research paper. Registration in ENGL 592 is required. A breakdown of the Preliminary Examination can be found by clicking here.
No later than the semester following the preliminary examination, students are to prepare this document under the direction of their dissertation director. The prospectus should be at least 10 pages; it should include a bibliography where applicable, and should have content appropriate to the student’s chosen concentration. Registration in ENGL 591 is required. A breakdown of the Prospectus can be found by clicking here.
Degree candidates in English Studies write dissertations involving innovative research in criticism, theory, rhetoric, and/or literary/cultural histories. Candidates pursuing the creative writing option are expected to produce as a dissertation one of the following: a novel, a volume of short stories or poems, a play or group of plays, or a unified collection of essays. Students are required to register for a total of 32 hours of ENGL 599 to satisfy degree requirement. A breakdown of the Prospectus can be found by clicking here.
The program code for doctoral students in the English Department is: 20FS0311PHD.
Language: Students must present evidence of reading knowledge of a language other than English. Visit our Language Requirement page for more information.
Students lacking teaching experience must take ENGL 555 during their first year. All students must serve as teaching assistants for at least four semesters. All teaching assistants teach sections of Engl 160 and 161. Teaching assistants are often assigned to other lower-level courses in English appropriate to their specialization.
Please visit our Joint Concentrations page to find out more about joint concentrations in Gender and Women's Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Second Language Teaching.