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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

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Required Courses

  • 48 credit hours

ODU requires that doctoral students complete one year of full-time, on-campus study to complete the degree. To accommodate that requirement, distance learners and part-time students attend two Summer Doctoral Institutes.

Contact us to talk with an advisor to determine if you have credits that will transfer. 

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in English

  • Writing/Editing
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Business/Industry
  • Law
  • Digital Design
  • New Media

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

If you don't have some significant background in an English-related field, the department encourages you to take master’s level coursework in English before applying. Detailed information about admission to the Ph.D. in English program is available from the department's website.

Want to get started now?

You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.