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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Culture, Literacy, and Language

Graduate School of Education and Human Development - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Culture, Literacy, and Language

Date Program Established - 10/26/2000

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1 Number of Degrees Per Year 5.0 (average, 2009-2011)
2 Graduation Rates --
3 Average Time to Degree 5 Years (average, 2009-2011)
4 Graduate Employment Profile (one year after graduation)
Academic Year # % Employed % Still Seeking % Unknown
2008-2009 4 100% 0% 0%
2009-2010 5 100% 0% 0%
2010-2011 4 100% 0% 0%
5 Admissions Criteria

In addition to the University-wide admission requirements, the minimum requirements for admission to the Doctoral degree program in Culture, Literacy and Language (CLL) are as follows:

  1. A master’s degree in an area such as the following: anthropology, applied linguistics, bicultural-bilingual studies, foreign language education, history, international business, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and teaching English as a Second Language. Masters’ degrees in other fields may be accepted, subject to the approval of the Doctoral Studies Committee.
  2. A portfolio consisting of the following items will be evaluated by the Doctoral Studies Committee, comprised of members selected from the graduate faculty of the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies:
    • A master’s degree transcript documenting a grade point average of 3.5 or better in an approved master’s degree program.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for exam taken within the last five (5) years.
    • Advanced proficiency in a language other than English to be demonstrated by examination or approved coursework.
    • For students whose master’s degree is from a non-English speaking university, submission of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of no less than 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), 79 on the Internet-based Test (iBT), or 6.5 on IELTS.
    • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.
    • Statement of Purpose: A description of research interests, reasons for seeking doctoral study, and connections between the applicant’s interests/professional goals and the program in Culture, Literacy and Language (limit of five pages).
    • Academic writing: A sample of academic writing such as a paper written for a course, a master’s thesis or a scholarly publication.

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6 Percentage Full-time Students (FTS) with Financial Support 15 (94%)
7 Average Financial Support Provided $10,702
8 Student‐Core Faculty Ratio 2.11
9 Core Faculty Publications
Academic Year Number of Publications
2008-2009 56
2009-2010 61
2010-2011 51
10 Core Faculty External Grants
Average Faculty Receiving Funds 2
Grant Value Per Faculty $3,852
Total Grant Value Per Program Per Year $57,782
11 Percentage Full-Time Students 37%
12 Number of Core Faculty 16
13 Faculty Teaching Load 18.6
14 Faculty Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female
White 4 2
Black 1 0
Hispanic 1 7
Other 1 0
Total 7 9
15 Student Diversity
Ethnicity Male Female Total
White 1 5 6
Black 0 0 0
Hispanic 3 19 22
Other 2 8 10
Total 6 32 38
16 Date of Last External Review June 2004
17 External Program Accreditation
18 Student Publications/Presentations
Academic Year Number of Publications/Presentations
2008-2009 83
2009-2010 80
2010-2011 52