4.4 Minoring and Co-Majoring in PhD programs

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4.4.1 Minoring in English Department Doctoral Programs

Minoring in English Department PhD majors (Applied Linguistics and Technology or Rhetoric and Professional Communication) requires a minimum of 12 credits in English Department courses (9 credits minimum at the 500-600 level) not counting the dissertation credits.

If you are a graduate student from another major, you must first find an English Department professor from the appropriate major (see Graduate Faculty Membership section of this manual) to serve on your POS committee and to help you select appropriate minor courses. Then you must submit the English Department’s Request for Graduate Minor form to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant, 227 Ross Hall, for approval by the DOGE. The professor’s name and approval as well as that of the DOGE in the English Department are required when you submit the Graduate College Program of Study and Committee Form (POSC) in your AccessPlus account. If your POSC has already been approved by the Graduate College, you must submit a change to your POSC in your AccessPlus account adding the minor, the faculty member representing the minor, and the approved coursework for the minor.

4.4.2 Co-Majoring in English Department Doctoral Programs

To receive a co-major in the Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) doctoral program or the Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) doctoral program, you must complete the minimum number of credits of additional graduate coursework per requirements outlined later in this section.

Students in other PhD majors wishing to co-major in either program must meet minimum requirements in each of their two majors, including the completion of a dissertation appropriate to both majors. POS committees must include co-major professors and an additional committee member from each of the co-major programs representing the co-major in addition to other required committee members by each program. Those professor’s names and approvals as well as that of the DOGE in the English Department are required when you submit the Graduate College Program of Study and Committee Form (POSC) in your AccessPlus account. If your POSC has already been approved by the Graduate College, you must submit a change to your POSC in your AccessPlus account adding the co-major, the co-major professor and faculty member representing the co-major, and the approved coursework for the co-major.

  • Apply for the co-major in time to meet POS, preliminary exam requirements (a co-major cannot be added after the Preliminary Oral Examination), and dissertation by submitting the English Department’s Request to Co-Major form to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant, 227 Ross Hall, for approval by the DOGE.
  • Outline your entire proposed POS (72 credits minimum). Complete the English Department DPS for the appropriate major charting the coursework requirements for the co-major with the Request to Co-Major form.
  • Write a dissertation that applies to both majors and satisfies POS committee members from both majors.

Applied Linguistics and Technology (30 credits)

To receive a co-major in Applied Linguistics and Technology, you must meet pre-/co-requisite requirements and complete a minimum of 30 credits as outlined below. A co-major requires co-major professors for each major, at least one additional committee member representing each major, and at least one committee member outside both majors.

Pre-/Co-requisites
  • Descriptive English grammar course or Engl/Ling 220 grammar test-out
  • Introductory course in linguistic or applied linguistics (Engl/Ling 219 or 511)
  • Engl/Ling 512 Second Language Acquisition
  • Engl/Ling 516 Methods of Formal Linguistic Analysis
  • Engl/Ling 519 Second Language Assessment
Required courses (18 credits)

The following five (6) graduate courses

  • Engl/Ling 510 Introduction to Computers in Applied Linguistics
  • Engl/Ling 530 Technology and Oral Language
  • Engl/Ling 520 Computational Analysis of English
  • Engl/Ling 527 Discourse Analysis
  • Engl/Ling 537 Corpus Approaches to Grammatical Analysis
  • Engl/Ling 623 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Elective courses (12 credits)

Four (4) graduate courses (at least one at the 600 level) from among the following

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Engl/Ling 514 Sociolinguistics
  • Engl/Ling 524 Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English
  • Engl/Ling 525 Research and Teaching of Second Language Pronunciation
  • Engl/Ling 526 Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Engl/Ling 528 English for Specific Purposes
  • Engl/Ling 630 Seminar in Applied Linguistics—may be taken more than once on different topics

Portfolio assessment (in fourth semester or equivalent) passed
(see Portfolio Assessment: Qualifying Examination for more information)

Rhetoric and Professional Communication (33 credits)

To receive a co-major in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, you must complete a minimum of 33 credits as outlined below. A co-major requires co-major professors for each major, at least one additional committee member representing each major, and at least one committee member outside both majors.

Required courses (12 credits)

The following four (4) graduate courses

  • Engl 506 Professional Communication Theory
  • Engl 508 Writing for Academic Publication
  • Engl/Sp Cm 547 The History of Rhetorical Theory I: From Plato to Bacon
  • Engl/Sp Cm 548 The History of Rhetorical Theory II: From Bacon to the Present

Elective courses (21 credits)

  • 4 graduate courses (12 credits) in Rhetoric and Professional Communication
    or Speech Communication (at least two 600-level)
  • 3 graduate courses (9 credits) in English Department course offerings (including RPC or Speech Communication, but excluding courses in the co-major)

Portfolio assessment (in third semester or equivalent) passed
(see Portfolio Assessment: Qualifying Examination for more information)