Ph.D. PROGRAM IN ENGLISH
The English Department seeks to teach and promote an understanding of both the significance and the history of British and American literature (broadly defined) and to foster an appreciation of the richness and variety of texts in the language. It offers rigorous training in interpretive thinking and precise expression. Our English graduate program features the study of what imaginative language, rhetoric, and narrative art has done, can do, and will do in life, and it focuses on the roles creative writing and representations play in almost every aspect of modern experience. Completing the Ph.D. program prepares a student for full participation as a scholar and literary critic in the profession.
We offer an identical five-year funding package to all admitted students with competitive funding available for a sixth year. Funding covers applicable tuition costs, Stanford Cardinal Care health insurance, and living expenses in the form of direct stipend, teaching assistantships or pre-doctoral research assistantships. The department, in conjunction with the School of Humanities and Sciences, is also committed to sponsoring students' involvement in professional activities and pays many of the expenses for research travel, summer language study, and participation in academic conferences.
Two pedagogical seminars and four quarters of supervised teaching (two as a teaching assistant in a literature course and two as an instructor of a writing course for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric).
- lst year: One quarter leading 2 discussion sections of undergraduate literature
- 2nd year: Two quarters teaching self-designed Writing and Rhetoric course
- 4th year: One quarter leading 2 discussion sections of undergraduate literature
All candidates for the Ph.D. degree must demonstrate a reading knowledge of two foreign languages. One language requirement must be completed during the first year of study. The second language must be completed before the oral examination in the third year.
Candidates in the earlier periods must offer Latin and one of the following languages: French, German, Greek, Italian or Spanish. Candidates in the later period, i.e. after the Renaissance, must offer French, German or Latin as one language and may choose the second language from the following: Greek, Latin, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, or another language relevant to the student's field of study.
All candidates for the Ph.D. must satisfactorily complete the following:
- 135 units, at least 70 of which (normally 14 courses) must be graded course work
- Qualifying examination, based on a reading guide of approximately 70-90 works, to be taken orally at the end of the summer after the first year of graduate work.
- University oral examination covering the field of concentration taken no later than the Spring quarter of the third year of study.
- Colloquium during which the student presents the dissertation prospectus and discusses it with the dissertation advisor and the three members of the dissertation reading committee.
- Dissertation, which should be an original work of literary criticism demonstrating the student's ability to participate fully as a scholar and literary critic in the profession.