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PhD in English

Program Overview

Students must complete for credit a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate courses, exclusive of 12 credit hours for the dissertation. Post-graduate hours completed more than seven years prior to a student’s admission into TCU’s English graduate program may not count toward requirements; the graduate adviser will determine applicable credit on a case-by-case basis.

Of the 54 hours, at least 36 hours must be taken at TCU. Students must take 3 hours of literature pedagogy. Students must also take Teaching College Composition (3 hours) unless they have previously had equivalent graduate level coursework. The Director of Graduate Studies together with the Director of Composition will determine if a student’s previous coursework is equivalent. The remainder of classes are electives and should be decided upon in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.


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Consult the Graduate Catalog and our Admissions page for more details about the program. For questions not covered in these pages, email Dr. Daniel Juan Gil, Director of Graduate Studies, at