Anticipating the way in which literary studies are likely to be—or, one might argue, will have to be—configured in the future, Notre Dame’s Ph.D. in Literature program seeks to move across the conventional national categories that undergird the disciplinary divisions within the humanities and social sciences and to serve as a bridge between languages and literary traditions. The Program’s simultaneously rigorous and flexible design allows its students to develop individualized courses of study in consultation with the director and with faculty in their primary field and in related field(s).During their first year of studies in the Ph.D. in Literature Program, students will work closely with the program director to define their primary and secondary fields or areas of interest. This will enable them to choose their courses in a coherent manner so that in the years devoted to coursework they will be able simultaneously to broaden and deepen their knowledge in their main fields of interest.
The Ph.D. in Literature Program is designed as a flexible approach to graduate study in which students combine many approaches to literature in order to transcend traditional boundaries. It seeks to enable and foster trans-national, multilingual, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature. The program is at its core interdisciplinary; students study related fields such as theology, philosophy, and history in addition to multiple national literatures. The aim of the program is to produce scholars capable of working deeply within a national literature while maintaining the greater perspective of trans-national, “world literature”.
The program requires its students to complete a minimum of 51 credit hours from regular graduate courses. During their first three semesters students are required to take the program’s two basic courses: (a) the course in literary and critical theory and (b) a course in literature that exemplifies transnational and/or interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies. Courses that fulfill the latter requirement will be defined by the program director.
Every student in the PhD in Literature program must be registered for a minimum of nine credits per semester.All students are also required to take two courses in disciplines other than literature, such as philosophy and theology, which enable them to understand the historical disciplines that have shaped the way we talk and think about literature.
Additionally, students are required to fulfill three credits in the area of professional development. In the first year, students will enroll in the course “Learning the Profession” (LTP). Students may opt to take this course on an S/U basis, in which case the credits earned will not count towards the 51 credits of coursework required by the program. The content of this course will include preparation for entering professions in academia and will also discuss other career options. This course will also provide a forum for students entering the job market to practice their job talk and other critical skills.All students in the Ph.D. in Literature Program are expected to be able to read and conduct research in English and at least two other languages. Any of these languages may be defined as the primary language. If the language of the major area of study is English, then near-native competence must be demonstrated in the secondary languages.The Ph.D. Candidacy examination must be successfully completed by no later than the end of the third year—and preferably earlier. It consists of a written and an oral component.The dissertation proposal must also be submitted and approved before the end of the third year of study, at the very latest.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Incoming students begin studies in the fall semester. Students applying to enter in the fall should have complete dossiers on file with Notre Dame’s Office of Graduate Admissions no later thanFebruary 1.
Dossiers should include:
1. Complete and electronically submit the online application form
2. Submit the application fee ($75) by credit card, check, or money order using the payment system associated with the online application.
3. Transcripts are to be uploaded in the application system.
4. Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the online recommendation system associated with the online application.
5. Arrange for submission of official Graduate Record examination (GRE) General Test scores
6. Submit a curriculum vitae/resume through the online application.
7. Submit through the online application. Two writing samples that demonstrate the applicant’s skills in writing, analysis, literary research, and proficiency in foreign language(s):
A) English paper (literary theory or criticism);
B) Foreign language paper demonstrating facility in examining literature in an untranslated text.
8. Submit a Statement of Intent through the online application system
In the Statement of Intent, applicants should describe their areas of interest, the fields they intend to specialize in, foreign language(s) they intend to study, and preferably the faculty they would like to work.
9. International/Non-native English Speakers:
For the 2015–2016 academic year, Notre Dame’s standard stipend for doctoral students is $19,000 on a nine-month basis for humanities and social science students.The University offers a number of select fellowships that provide higher levels of support—up to $37,500/year—and full health care coverage.
All students who are accepted into doctoral programs at Notre Dame will be considered automatically for these fellowships. Selection of Fellows is competitive and based on nominations from the admitting departments:
The Ph.D. in Literature program at Notre Dame would like to announce that for Fall 2016 admissions, we will only be accepting applications in two areas, Spanish and Italian