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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


English (ENG)
with a Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition (RAC)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 23.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 78
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 45

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
English Department (ENG)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
John Lennon
Phone: 813-974-9467
Email: jflennon@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/english


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Program Information


The P.h.D. Program in English with a concentration in Literature seeks to produce teacher-scholars who have a sound general knowledge of British and American literature and a specialized knowledge of their fields of concentration. Each student in the program must take courses in teaching college English. These courses in teaching are practicums that include actual teaching experience.

The Ph.D. program in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition seeks to equip teacher-scholars with both a robust familiarity with critical, literary, and rhetorical theory and with the pedagogical experiences requisite for quality instruction. Students will specialize their studies toward a particular field of concentration.

The Ph.D. in English involves a minimum of 30 hours of course work beyond the M.A. degree, exclusive of credits devoted to the foreign language requirement and to the doctoral dissertation. Included in these hours must be ENG 6005 Scholarly Research and Writing, ENG 6018 or ENG 6019 and one other theory-rich course, and two courses designated as Doctoral Seminars, with an extra credit of ENG 7939. After completing the necessary course work, students must take a nine-hour written qualifying doctoral exam with oral defense. Students passing this exam and fulfilling the foreign language requirement are then admitted to doctoral candidacy. Students who carry deficiencies on this exam for more than two terms, or who fail this exam more than once, are dismissed from the program. Upon the completion and approval of the dissertation, students will defend the dissertation in a two-hour oral examination. After successful completion of the dissertation and defense, students will be awarded the doctoral degree.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • M.A. in English from an accredited university
  • A competitive Verbal aptitude score on the GRE general test, with a target Analytical Writing score of 4.0 (while the Quantitative score is not a determining factor in our admission decisions, both Verbal and Quantitative scores factor in some university scholarships and fellowships)
  • GPA minimum 3.70 graduate GPA
  • three (3) letters of recommendation, at least two of these letters should be from professors who have taught the applicant at the graduate level
  • a two-to-three page personal statement describing the student's background, purpose for attending graduate school, and career goals
  • a scholarly writing sample of approximately 2500 words (ten double-spaced pages) excluding bibliography or works cited; applicants may excerpt from a longer essay. Generally the committee seeks to review academic writing from an English course.
All supplementary application materials (i.e., statement, writing sample, and letters), may be submitted electronically through the online application or may be submitted directly to the department at the following address:

     Graduate Director
     Department of English
     University of South Florida
     4202 E. Fowler Ave., CPR 107
     Tampa, FL 33620-5550

All materials, including GRE scores and transcripts, must be received by the application deadline in order for students to be considered for admission. Graduates of USF do not need to order official transcripts. Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee after the deadline. Students will be notified by mail of the admissions decision within four to six weeks after the deadline.
 

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

3

ENG6005

Scholarly Research and Writing

3
 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

27-32 hours
Concentrations available:
Literature (LIT)
Rhetoric and Composition (RAC)

Literature (LIT) (27 hours)

ENG6018 or ENG6019

Studies in Criticism and Theory I or II

3

May have been taken at the M.A. level.

One theory-rich course:

ENC6336
ENG6018
ENG6019

Studies in the History of Rhetoric
Studies in Criticism and Theory I
Studies in Criticism and Theory II

3
3
3

Or other courses as approved by the Graduate Director.

ENG7939

Doctoral Seminar

1

Must be taken twice in conjunction with a three-credit hour course 1 credit for each seminar; the two courses plus the two seminar credits total 8 credits.

One practicum in teaching or in tutoring for the Writing Center:

ENC6745
LAE6375
LAE6389

Teaching Practicum- English Composition
Contemporary Composition Studies
Practice in Teaching Literature

3
3
varies

Or other courses as approved by the Graduate Director.

Elective Requirements

Ten (10) hours minimum from other courses in the Department of English.

Other Requirements

Demonstrated proficiency in one foreign language by one of the following means:

  • Place beyond Level IV in a language placement test (administered by World Language Education)
  • Earn a B or better in one of the graduate courses Reading for French, Spanish, or German
  • Earn a B or better in two semester courses of an intermediate foreign language (e.g., Spanish III and Spanish IV)
  • Earn a B or better in a fourth semester language course (e.g., Spanish IV)
  • Earn a B or better in a second semester Latin course

Qualifying Examination
Ph.D. qualifying exam (students may enroll in directed reading hours with exam committee members).

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

10

ENG7980

Dissertation: Doctoral

10

Oral defense required.

 


Rhetoric and Composition Concentration (RAC) (32 hours)

ENC6700
ENC6720
ENC6421
ENC6336
ENG7939

Studies in Composition Theory
Studies in Composition Research
Studies in Rhetoric and Technology
Studies in the History of Rhetoric
Doctoral Seminar
  Must be taken twice (two credits total) in conjunction with a three-credit course; the two
  courses plus the two seminar credits total 8 credits.

3
3
3
3
8

Elective Requirements

(12-15 credits, dependent upon whether ENC 6745 was taken at the M.A. level)

Four or five elective courses in Rhetoric and Composition chosen from the following:

ENC 6261
ENC 6266
ENC 6333
ENC 6422
ENC 6740
LAE 6375

Advanced Technical Writing
Professional and Technical Communication
Contemporary Rhetorics
New Media Production
Theory and Development of Writing Programs
Contemporary Composition Studies

3
3
3
3
3
3

Foreign Language Requirement

Demonstrated proficiency in one foreign language by one of the following means:

  • Place beyond Level IV in a language placement test (administered by World Language Education)
  • Earn a B or better in one of the graduate courses Reading for French, Spanish, or German
  • Earn a B or better in two semester courses of an intermediate foreign language (e.g., Spanish III and Spanish IV)
  • Earn a B or better in a fourth semester language course (e.g., Spanish IV)
  • Earn a B or better in a second semester Latin course

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
After completing 30 hours of coursework, the language requirement, and all incomplete grades, a student may take the Ph.D. examination. The standardized exam will be offered twice each academic year for all eligible students and consists of:

  • A 24-hour take-home exam divided into four written sections (1,000 words apiece), the content of which corresponds to the four core courses: Composition Theory, Research Methods, Rhetoric and Technology, and Historical Rhetorics. Questions will be available in Canvas at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the exam. Questions will be digitally submitted to the exam chair by 9:00 a.m. on the following day for SafeAssign (or other software as approved by University and Department) submission in Canvas.
  • A manuscript suitable for publication in a specified scholarly journal (7,000?8,500 words) to be turned in at the same time as the 24-hour exam. The topic of the manuscript should be based on the student's specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. This manuscript can be a revision of a course paper or conference paper or an extension of their project from the Scholarly Writing and Research class. It must contribute to the discipline by advancing scholarly discussions in Rhetoric and Composition studies and offering new knowledge.

Both parts of the exam carry equal weight. All exams will be assessed by a rotating committee of at least 3 Rhetoricand Composition faculty representing different areas of disciplinary expertise. Every exam question will be graded byeach member of the committee, although emphasis will be placed upon readers' areas of specialization whendetermining the final score for each question.

 

DISSERTATION REQUIREMENTS

10

ENG7980

Dissertation: Doctoral

10

Minimum of 10 dissertation hours (no maximum), plus oral defense.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS beyond M.A.

40

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College Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ENG6005, ENG6018, ENG6019, ENG7939, LAE7376, LAE7390, ENG7980, ENG6005, ENG6018, ENG6019, ENC6336, ENG6018, ENG6019, ENG7939, ENC6745, LAE6375, LAE6389, ENG7980,