Why ODU for English?

The PhD in English integrates writing, rhetoric, discourse, technology, and textual studies. The course work and research opportunities are designed to appeal both to professionals with careers outside the classroom and those who are pursuing an academic career.

Your course work will emphasize research that examines texts in a variety of overlapping and sometimes competing language-based worlds. The focus is on how the creation and reception of texts and media are affected by form, purpose, technology of composition, audience, cultural location, and communities of discourse.

Focus your studies by choosing two of four emphasis areas from:

  1. Literary and cultural studies
  2. Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies
  3. Technology and Media Studies
  4. A student-designed emphasis