English: Literature - Doctor of Philosophy:Overview
At UNH, you will have an intensive intellectual experience in a friendly, supportive community of scholars and writers. Our classes are typically quite small (6-10 students) and are often taught as seminars. Because the ratio of faculty to students is quite high (roughly 1 faculty to every 4 students), you can expect close contact with and guidance from scholars actively involved in research in their fields. The UNH English Department also provides opportunities for you to hear nationally-known scholars talk about their research, and we offer financial support for those graduate students who deliver papers at conferences.
The English Department offers a Ph.D. in English which allows students to specialize in one of two Tracks: Literature or Composition Studies. The aim of the Ph.D. program is to train students to be teachers and scholars in the fields of literature and language. During their work in the program, Ph.D. candidates in Literature will develop both general competence in literary study and specific areas of mastery. Candidates in Composition Studies will develop a primary area of specialization in Composition Studies and a secondary area of specialization in an area such as literature, critical theory, or linguistics.
Completed applications must be received by January 15 for fall semester. Applications to the doctoral program are not accepted for spring or summer admission. To be admitted to the Ph.D. program the student must have an M.A. degree or be in the final stage of completing requirements for the degree.
Ph.D. students in English normally hold graduate assistantships which require them to teach one course per semester, typically Freshman Composition. Along with teaching this course, students are required to be enrolled in at least 6 credits a semester; two courses (8 credits) per semester are usual. A Teaching Assistantship provides a waiver of tuition for academic courses taken during the year.
If you would like more information about tuition, fees, housing, and graduate life at UNH, visit the UNH Graduate School.