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Doctor of Philosophy in Germanic Languages and Literatures

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree concerning research skills, the oral comprehensive examination, the dissertation, and the final examination, a student must meet the following specific departmental requirements:

  1. Normally a minimum of 27 credit hours (excluding GERM 999 Doctoral Dissertation) beyond that required for the M.A. 3 courses should be in the student’s specialization; 6 courses should be in other areas. Students in philology or linguistics must have 2 courses in post-1400 literature; students in post-1400 literature must have two courses in philology or linguistics.
  2. A reading knowledge of French and another modern
    language, Latin, or Greek. Students specializing in medieval philology or older literature must select Latin as the second language for reading knowledge.
  3. At least 1 semester of half-time teaching or the equivalent (normally GERM 800 is required concurrently with the first semester of teaching).
  4. A 3-part written departmental preliminary examination. To be admitted to the Ph.D. oral comprehensive examination, the candidate must have passed all parts of the Ph.D. preliminary examination.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

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