Degree Requirements

Course Structure

For students admitted with a master’s degree, the PhD program consists of:

  • 7 credit courses (3 required and 4 elective), amounting to a minimum of 21 credits in total
  • 3 non-credit courses :TEACH 500 (teaching experience), ENGL 500(academic writing), DTES 590(Seminar course)
  • a qualifying exam, a thesis proposal, minimum of three thesis monitoring committee meetings and a doctoral thesis

For students admitted with a bachelor’s degree, the PhD program consists of:

  • 14 credit courses (6 required and 8 elective), amounting to a minimum of 42 credits in total
  • 3 non-credit courses :TEACH 500 (teaching experience), ENGL 500(academic writing), DTES 590(Seminar course)
  • a qualifying exam, a thesis proposal, minimum of three thesis monitoring committee meetings and a doctoral thesis

For Students with MA/MS Degrees

Semester 1

  • DTES 501 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • TEACH 500

Total: 12 credits

Semester 2

  • DTES 544 Media and Visual Arts Project (3 credits)
  • Elective 4 (3 credits)
  • Elective 5 (3 credits)

Total: 9 credits

Semester 3

  • DTES 630 Research Practicum (3 credits)
  • DTES 690 Seminar (0 credits)
  • ENGL 500

Semesters 4-8

  • DTES 695 Thesis (0 credits)

General Total: 24 credits

For Students with BA/BS Degrees

Semester 1

  • DTES 501 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • Elective 3 (3 credits)
  • TEACH 500

Total: 12 credits

Semester 2

  • DTES 544 Media and Visual Arts Project (3 credits)
  • Elective 4 (3 credits)
  • Elective 5 (3 credits)
  • Elective 6 (3 credits)

Total: 12 credits

Semester 3

  • DTES 630 Research Practicum (3 credits)
  • Elective 7 (3 credits)
  • Elective 8 (3 credits)
  • DTES 690 Seminar (0 credits)

Total: 9 credits

Semester 4

  • Elective 9 (3 credits)
  • Elective 10 (3 credits)
  • Elective 11 (3 credits)

Total: 9 credits

Semesters 5-10

  • DTES 695 Thesis (0 credits)
  • ENGL 500

General Total: 42 credits