Other Requirements

A. Graduate College:

1. The Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College states: “All doctoral programs will
contain a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate work. Of those 72 semester hours, at least 39
must be earned while registered in The University of Iowa Graduate College, and after formal
program admission. For example, the academic registration requirement cannot be fulfilled by
coursework completed under the non-degree or non-departmental student classification or with
transfer credit." PhD students in English reach those 72 hours through the combination of graded
courses and independent studies as described above in the section on Commencing Study.

2. The Graduate College requires that students be registered in the semester in which they earn
their degrees.

B. English Department: Because most PhD candidates plan to pursue careers in teaching, the
department strongly advises all doctoral candidates to gain experience in teaching, whether through
college-level teaching done elsewhere or through teaching assistantships in Iowa’s Rhetoric
Department and/or General Education Program. Training and experience in teaching significantly
strengthen a student’s position in today's job market and often enhance intellectual engagement
with the study of