||Doctor of Philosophy in Composition and TESOL
To complete the program, all students must take thirty-six semester hours of academic courses beyond the master's degree (in addition to the dissertation credits), including a 9 credit core component; 9 credits in a specialization; 3 credits in research; and 15 credits in electives. The following courses are required of all students in the Composition and TESOL program: (1) ENGL
800 Introduction to Research; (2) ENGL 808 Technology and Literacy; (3) choice of ENGL 803 Language and Cognition or ENGL 805 Language and Social Context.
A. Core Courses (9 cr. hrs.)
The Core examines some of the thematic foundations of our program--the systematic study of writing and language in social, psychological and
online contexts. These courses draw upon research in various disciplines such as composition, rhetoric, linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and education, and they introduce students to both theoretical and empirical published research in scholarly books and journals. The Research Methods course familiarizes students with the variety of investigative methods used in the study of composition, language, literacy, and teaching and prepares them to read across a range of research methodologies.
ENGL 800 Introduction to Research Methods
ENGL 808 Technology and Literacy
ENGL 805 Language and Social context
ENGL 803 Language and Cognition
B. Specialization (9 cr. hrs.)
Students may choose courses in one specialty or the other or both, depending on career goals. These courses require in-depth study of theory and practice, concentrated reading in scholarly books and journals, and the development of critical perspectives on issues and trends in Composition or TESOL.
|ENGL Theories of Composition
||ENGL Second Language Teaching
|ENGL Teaching Writing
||ENGL Second Language Acquisition
|ENGL Rhetorical Traditions
||ENGL Second Language Literacy
C. Research (3 cr. hrs.)
ENGL 815 Qualitative Research
One course in another department which prepares students to conduct a dissertation using statistical methods. Following are some examples:
Anthropolgy: AN 556 Field Research Methods (best before ENGL 715)
Criminology: CR 717 Advanced Qualitative Methods (best after ENGL 715)
Administration and Leadership: LP 783 Analysis of Qualitative Data in Leadership Studies (best after ENGL 715)
Educational Psychology: EP 616 Applied Educational Research Methods (best for those wanting one course in quantitative to go with ENGL
Educational Psychology: EP 715 Doctoral Seminar in Applied Educational Research
Graduate General Service: GR 516 Statistical Methods I
Graduate General Service: GR 517 Statistical Methods II
Mixed Qualitative/Quantitative Methods
Adult and Community Education: AC 745 Practical Research in Adult and Community Education
Elementary Education: EL 780 Seminar in Advanced Research Methods
Masters in Education: ME 663 Teacher as Researcher
Special Purpose (only for those planning dissertations of certain types)
History: HI 614 Research Methods
Political Science: PS 666 Public Policy Analysis
D. Electives (15 cr. hrs.)
- Any course you choose should be approved by your advisor.
- The easiest way to do this is to get a recent syllabus from the instructor of the course you want to take and show it to your advisor. If you cannot get a syllbus, at least get an email from the instructor describing plans for the course.
- We do not sponsor these courses; so what they are about and how appropriate they are for our students can vary from semester to semester.
ENGL 632 Linguistics and the English Teacher
ENGL 741 Theories of Literacy
ENGL 842 Cross-Cultural Communication
ENGL 844 Reading Theory and the College English Teacher
ENGL 846 Advanced Seminar in Literacy
ENGL 848 Advanced Topics in Linguistics
ENGL 897 Independent Seminar
Other courses as developed by the program faculty. Courses in other programs, such as ENGL 751 The History and Theory of Criticism and ENGL 752 Literary Theory for the Teacher and Scholarly Writer, in the department's Graduate Progam in Literature and Criticism, or related courses with approval of C & T Program Coordinator, e.g. EL 700 Writing for Professional Publications; LT 602 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas; and AC 650 Current Topics in Adult and Community Education.
Total Course Credit Hours: 36