||The English Department is one of seven departments at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette to award the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The program of over a hundred students affords its participants close professional contact with and guidance from a diverse graduate faculty distinguished in its commitment to both teaching and research. All Ph.D. students receive a broad education in the discipline that prepares them to teach effectively at any college level and provides the background for advanced research in their areas of particular expertise. Concentrations are offered in English or American literature, as well as Creative Writing, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Folklore. With the help of faculty mentors, students have the flexibility to fashion a program of course work, comprehensive examinations, and dissertation research that provides expertise in such specialized areas as critical theory, African American literature, women's studies, and children's literature, as well as the traditional areas of English and American literature.
The department is committed to preparing each of its graduate students for success in the profession. Frequently offered colloquia and tutorials bring students and faculty together to discuss literary issues, pedagogical strategies and theory, and professional concerns, such as placement and publication. The department sponsors the annual Levy Lecture which has brought to the campus such lecturers as Isaac Singer, Robert Coles, Bruno Bettelheim, Walker Percy, Cleanth Brooks, and Peter Gay. In addition, the department-sponsored colloquia, lectures, and readings provide a forum for faculty and graduate students alike to share their current work with their peers; smaller, more specialized groups (e.g., those particularly interested in rhetoric, creative writing, or folklore) meet regularly. All graduate students are encouraged and instructed in the presentation of papers or the reading of creative works at professional meetings, as well as in the preparation of manuscripts for publications in scholarly and creative journals. They may also assist faculty engaged in such diverse projects as analyzing books for the Festschriften Section of the MLA International Bibliography, reviewing books for the Bulletin of Bibliography, or organizing the annual Philological Association of Louisiana (PAL) or Deep South Writers Conferences. Additionally, students may learn about the art of grant writing from faculty who have received awards from such organizations as the NEH, LEH, and Fulbright, as well as the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom.