The doctoral program in English builds on the foundations of the M.A. to allow students to focus on the cultural and literary heritage of Britain, America and other English-speaking lands. The Ph.D. degree has four primary goals: to develop fluency in the critical discourses of the profession; to develop the research, writing and analytical skills necessary for professional success; to gain an in-depth knowledge in three areas of research related to the dissertation; and to provide professional training and mentoring to prepare graduates to teach writing and literature at the college level.
Teaching writing and literature at the college level
Course Delivery OptionsOn-campus
Program Application RequirementsResume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing samples/portfolio which includes work crossing various genres
Program Application Test RequirementsGRE
Fall DeadlineJanuary 15
Admissions RequirementsResume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement, Writing samples/portfolio which includes work crossing various genres
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Placement over the past eighteen years: Tenure Track Jobs: 40 (75%) Full-time Adjunct or Visiting Positions: 2 (4%) Part Time Adjunct Positions: 3 (6%) Administration: 4 (8%) Alternate Career: 4 (8%) (Percentages have been rounded.)
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.