Rice University

Department of English

Enrollment Info for Current Students

Students should always consult with their Program Advisory Committee (PAC) before enrolling in courses each semester. Ph.D. candidates must successfully complete a minimum of 12 graduate courses of which at least 10 must be graduate seminars. With the approval of their PAC, students may enroll in English 621, Directed Reading, either as a traditional directed reading course or as a 400-level English course to which a graduate component has been added. English 621 counts toward the 12 required graduate courses but does not count as a graduate seminar. 

The 12 required courses must include:

  • English 600: Topics in Literary Theory
  • English 605: Third-Year Writing Workshop
  • English 510: Pedagogy

Of the remaining nine, two must focus on literature before 1800, and two after 1800. Students are also encouraged to take graduate courses in other departments related to their areas of interest. These will count toward the twelve-course requirement but not usually for distribution. 

 

Link to English graduate courses


Students register for courses through  ESTHER. All graduate students must register for a total of 9 credit hours each semester even after all coursework is completed. If you have any questions about registration, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dina Galley, at  dina.galley@rice.edu.


 Year One

Fall: 

  • ENGL 600: Topics in Literary Theory (3 credit hours)
  • at least two additional courses (6 hours)

Spring:

  • at least three courses (9 hours)

 

Year Two

Fall:

  • at least two courses (6 hours)
  • ENGL 601: Fall Teaching Practicum (Fall T.A., 3 hours)

Spring:

  • at least two courses (6 hours)
  •  ENGL 602: Spring Teaching Practicum (Spring T.A, 3 hours)

 

Year Three:

Fall:

  • ENGL 605: Third Year Writing Workshop (3 hours)
  • ENGL 703: Fall Research Leading to Candidacy (6 hours)

Spring:

  • ENGL 510: Pedagogy (3 hours)
  • ENGL 704: Spring Research Leading to Candidacy (6 hours)

 

Year Four:

Fall:

If teaching ENGL 175 or other departmental course:

  • ENGL 603: Fall Teaching of Literature and Composition (3 hours)
  • ENGL 703: Fall Research Leading to Candidacy (6 hours)

If not teaching:

  • ENGL 703: Fall Research Leading to Candidacy (9 hours)

Spring:

If teaching ENGL 175 or other departmental course:

  • ENGL 604: Spring Teaching of Literature and Composition (3 hours)
  • ENGL 704: Spring Research Leading to Candidacy (6 hours)

If not teaching:

  • ENGL 704: Spring Research Leading to Candidacy (9 hours)

 

Year Five and on:

  • Register each semester for 9 hours of ENGL 800: PhD Research and Thesis

 

 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
Course Course Course Course
ENGL 605
ENGL 510

 Advisor Approves Pros. by the first week of fall  

Prospectus and one Diss. chapter complete by last week of fall

Diss. 

Diss.
&
Job Market

Diss. 

 

Course Course Course Course

ENGL 600
Course T.A. T.A. Study for Prelims  Prelims Completed by end of semester Teach
ENGL 175
Teach
ENGL 175
MLA

 


If you expect to receive a check from Rice over the summer for any reason, you must be registered for at least 6 credit hours. ABD students register for 6 hours of ENGL 800, all other grads register for 6 hours of ENGL 703/704.