To meet the minimal requirements of the doctoral program, PhD students must complete the following requirements within this schedule: 

Year 1
  • Rhetoric 200, 205, and 2 other seminars, at least one of which is a Rhetoric seminar
Year 2
  • Rhetoric 230, and 2 other seminars. By the end of the second year 2 elective Rhetoric seminars and one outside seminar will have been completed.
  • Fulfillment of first foreign language requirement
  • Successfully pass the written MA Examination
  • Successfully pass the MA Review
Year 3
  • Fulfillment of second foreign language requirement (by the end of 1st semester)
  • Establish a Qualifying Examination Committee and the three Fields of examination (by the end of the 1st semester)
  • Successfully pass the written and oral Qualifying Examinations (by the end of the 2nd semester).
Year 4
  • Establish a Dissertation Committee (by the beginning of the 1st semester)
  • File an approved Dissertation Prospectus (by the end of the 1st semester)