- The completion of 16 credits of approved specialization-related curriculum offered at the 600-level. At least 4 of those credits must come from the Department of English and at least 4 must come from the Department of Political Science.
- The completion of one term of a colloquia course (1 credit; P/NP; ENG 608 Wrk Coll Pol/Cul/Ident; offered during spring term)
- The completion of and two terms of a dissertation writing course (1 credit each; P/NP; ENG 608 Wrk Diss Pol/Cul/Ident; offered in fall and spring terms)
- At least one member of the student’s dissertation committee must be a PCI participating faculty member.
- The student’s dissertation must have a substantive focus on themes of politics, culture, and identity
PCI Application Process
Any currently matriculated PhD student at the University of Oregon may apply to the PCI specialization. Interested students are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Lara Bovilsky, chair of the PCI coordinating committee, before applying.
Applications are reviewed each year in the spring and must be submitted to the Department of English no later than the end of Week 9 in the winter term.
A completed application includes:
- Completed PCI Application Cover
- A one page statement describing your interests in the specialization and describing any relevant coursework, research or teaching you have undertaken that is relevant to the specialization.
- UO transcript (unofficial)
- A brief letter of support from a PCI participating faculty member
- Completed Graduate Specialization Declaration (available from the Graduate School; complete top section, only)
PCI Completion Process
During your term of graduation from your PhD program, meet with Associate Professor Lara Bovilsky, chair of the PCI coordinating committee, to review the PCI Completion Checklist. When you apply to graduate with the Graduate School, be sure to select the PCI Graduate Specialization.
Bring a completed checklist and your UO transcript (unofficial). Once you have the form completed and signed, submit these materials to the English Graduate Coordinator (PLC 118) no later than Noon on the Friday of Dead Week.