This interdisciplinary Ph.D., a collaboration between the Department of English, the School of the Arts and the School of Mass Communications, is a 42-credit program of core and elective courses, seminar experiences and creative work, and a strong research component in the form of a dissertation project and defense.
The MATX Ph.D. theoretically and practically addresses a range of media, focusing on the production, dissemination and employment of literary texts, works of art and other types of texts, and, in turn, on how these texts function within specific settings informed by gender, ethnicity, class, race and other cultural factors. The course of study in the Ph.D. program also extends its reach to film and new media, television, and advertising, responding to the growing need for the study of visual and virtual texts. The program is not limited to one department or discipline within the participating units. Rather, it breaks down disciplinary walls, encouraging students to fashion new intellectual areas for the study, creation and dissemination of knowledge.
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools