Ph.D. in Literature
Students gain advanced knowledge of literature from the British Middle Ages and colonial America to global/postcolonial and U.S. contemporary, as well as knowledge of literary analysis; literature and science; literature and environment; literary theory; translation; and gender studies. They graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching in English. There is an option to complete an MA in literature, but it is not a stand-alone program
- Funding Your Ph.D.
All students admitted to the PhD program are guaranteed five years of funding in the form of Teaching Assistant positions during the first two years and an Associate Instructor position the following three. These appointments provide a partial tuition waiver and monthly salary. A limited amount of Graduate Student Researcher positions are available each year where students assist faculty with various projects.
First year nonresident students receive a supplemental tuition fellowship. Second year students who come to Davis from out of state are expected to establish residency during their first year.
International student are also subject to nonresident supplemental tuition (NRST). We will pay the NRST for a total of three quarters during the first year. Within that time period, payment of the NRST is dependent on making progress in the program. Assuming students make normal progress their NRST is waived after the first year. If they fail to pass the qualifying examination and do not advance to candidacy by the end of their third year, the NRST will return to them and will be responsible for paying this fee.
Departmental funds are also available, such as the Miller Travel Fund, for students to attend conferences, interviews and conduct research. Additional progress-based and summer language and travel fellowship stipends are awarded with funding allocated to us by Graduate Studies.
The UC Davis Humanities Institute offers fellowships students can apply for to fund their projects. Admitted students are also considered for University-wide fellowships.
- PhD Program Requirements
Degree requirements for the Ph.D. program include 50 units of coursework, foreign language proficiency, preliminary and qualifying examinations, and a dissertation. In addition, there are also opportunities for students to pursue a Designated Emphasis and gain teaching experience.
- Breadth Requirement
- Elective Requirement
The elective requirement can be fulfilled by coursework inside or outside the English Department. Five elective courses will satisfy degree requirements. With the approval of the Graduate Adviser, students may also enroll in a graduate class at another University of California campus through the Intercampus Exchange Program.
- Course Waiver and Course Relief
- Designated Emphasis
Students may pursue a Designated Emphasis (minor) in any of eight interdisciplinary areas: Critical Theory, Feminist Theory and Research, Native American Studies, Social Theory and Comparative History, Studies in Performance and Practice, African American and African Studies, Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, and Classics and Classical Receptions. More information may be found here.
- Preliminary Examination
- Qualifying Examination
The dissertation must be an original work of scholarship and/or interpretation. It may be critical, bibliographical, historical, or biographical in its subject. Students work with a dissertation director and consult with two official readers as well as with other faculty knowledgeable about the project. The final draft must be approved by the dissertation committee. More information may be found here.