The Graduate Program in Literature is a doctoral program, which means that all students enrolled prepare for the Ph.D. degree. The program does not grant M.A. degrees along the way. The typical time to completion for the doctoral program is 6 full years.
Requirements for the Ph.D.
- 12 Courses
- 12 Seminars
- 7 Literature Program courses
- At least 5 courses in a teaching field of your choice
- Foreign language proficiency in two languages
- Preliminary Exam
- Chapter Workshop
- Dissertation Defense
- Teaching Assistantship
- Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Additional Course Guidelines
Undergraduate-level Courses - There are no restrictions on the number of undergraduate courses a student may take outside the Literature Program during his or her graduate career. The approval of the DGS must be sought in such cases, and in any case Graduate School Regulations do not allow courses below the 500 level to count toward the fulfillment of coursework requirements or to be included in a student's GPA calculation. In general undergraduate courses tend to be limited to relevant language courses.
Independent Studies - Students can take up to three independent studies over the course of their careers. Students have to complete the “Independent Study Notification Form” every time they take an independent study and it must be signed by the DGS. Supplies of these forms are kept in the DGS Assistant’s office.
Inter-institutional Courses - The Registrar requires students to follow a special procedure when they register for courses at other Triangle universities (UNC, NCCU, NCSU). Forms and information are available at the Registrar's Office. You’ll need approval from Lit’s DGS & the professor of the course.
Typical Degree Timeline
|Year of Study||Progress Milestones|
|By the end of the 1st year||
|By the end of the 2nd year||
|By the end of the 3rd year||You should have completed the preliminary exams.|
|By the end of the 4th year||You should have completed the Chapter Workshop, presenting a sample chapter and a prospectus for the dissertation to the committee.|
|By the end of the 5th year||You will spend this year writing the dissertation.|
|By the end of the 6th year||You should be ready to defend the dissertation by the end of the year.|