Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: English Language

The Department of English Literature offers a PhD program in English Language. This program offers students opportunities to critically examine the English Language as lingua franca exploring issues of multi-lingual and multi-cultural significance related to the historical context of the English Language as a global tongue . Students are also expected to study language theories separately or apply them to literary/cultural texts. The program aims to provide PhD candidates with a broad knowledge in the field of English language studies including writing / reading theories and stylistics emphasizing students’ academic and professional potential. Students will be trained to conduct innovative scholarly and critical work in different language contexts in order to prepare them for future careers in a huge job market which requires distinction and excellence in language skills. Our faculty have been trained at premier research institutions throughout North America and Europe and are accomplished teachers and scholars. Doctoral students are supervised and supported from the beginning of the program, through thesis development, to dissertation defense and beyond.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHSS700Research Methods and Ethics3.000
CHSS702Critical Reading and Writing3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELAN782World English3.000
ELAN786Roots of Modern English3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any 9 credits of the following courses:) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ENGL616World Diasporic Literature3.000
ENGL645Poetry and Poetics3.000
ENGL655Fiction and Narrativity3.000
ENGL665Language and Performance3.000
ENGL670Cinema Studies3.000
ENGL693Women’s Literacy Voices3.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELAN800Comprehensive Exam0.000
ELAN810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ELAN900Dissertation Research  10.000
ELAN910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:9