Degree Requirements

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.

Research Skills & Responsible Scholarship

The university requires that every doctoral student have training in responsible scholarship and research skills pertinent to the field of research and appropriate to the doctoral level. This requirement must be met before taking the comprehensive oral exam. For Germanic Languages and Literatures doctoral students, this requirement is met by the following:

  • GERM 701, GERM 710, GERM 800, GERM 801, GERM 855, GERM 900
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of French and one other modern language, Latin or Greek
  • 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.

    Research Skills & Responsible Scholarship

    The university requires that every doctoral student have training in responsible scholarship and research skills pertinent to the field of research and appropriate to the doctoral level. This requirement must be met before taking the comprehensive oral exam. For Germanic Languages and Literatures doctoral students, this requirement is met by the following:

  • GERM 701, GERM 710, GERM 800, GERM 801, GERM 855, GERM 900
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of French and one other modern language, Latin or Greek
  • Contact Info

    Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

    Wescoe Hall
    1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2080
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
    785-864-4803
    german@ku.edu
    http://www2.ku.edu/~germanic/
    Marc L. Greenberg, Chair
    785-864-2349

    Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

    Wescoe Hall
    1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2080
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
    785-864-4803
    german@ku.edu
    http://www2.ku.edu/~germanic/
    James H. Brown, Undergraduate Advisor
    785-864-9174
    Lorie A. Vanchena, Undergraduate Advisor
    785-864-9176

    Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

    Wescoe Hall
    1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2076
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
    785-864-4803
    german@ku.edu
    http://www2.ku.edu/~germanic/
    Leonie Marx, Graduate Director
    marx@ku.edu
    Morgan Swartzlander, Graduate Program Coordinator
    mswartz@ku.edu
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