Texts and Technology PhD

College : Arts and Humanities Degree :PHD
Department : Arts and Humanities Option : Dissertation
Program Websites : http://tandt.cah.ucf.edu/

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Texts and Technology PhD program offers interdisciplinary study at the intersection of the humanities and technology, providing students a rich variety of experiences with the support and guidance of internationally-recognized faculty in the fields of Digital Humanities, Digital Media, Gaming, Philosophy and Ethics, Public History, Scientific and Technical Communication, Archiving, and Writing and Rhetoric.

CURRICULUM

The Texts and Technology PhD program requires five core courses (15 credit hours), three courses in an Area of Specialization (9 credit hours), three Interdisciplinary elective courses (9 credit hours), two courses in the internship and teaching area (6 credit hours), 3 credit hours for candidacy examination, and at least 15 credit hours of dissertation work for a total of at least 57 semester hours of credit taken at UCF beyond the master's degree.
Total Credit Hours Required:
57 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

 

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

Core—12 Credit Hours

  • ENG 6800 Introduction to Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6810 Theories of Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6801 Texts and Technology in History (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6836 Design and Development for Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)

Research Methods—3 Credit Hours

Select one course from the list below, or an alternate 6000-level methods course subject to approval by the instructor and the Texts and Technology Program Director.

  • ENG 6812 Research Methods for Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6825 Research Methods for Digital Media (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6720 Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6159 Historiography (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—18 Credit Hours

Area of Specialization—9 Credit Hours

After 18 credit hours in the program, students are expected to select an Area of Specialization. Students are required to select 9 credit hours from an Area of Specialization as noted below, or other graduate courses in the discipline subject to approval by the instructor and the Texts and Technology Program Director. The list below shows examples of approved courses.

Digital Humanities

ENG 6812 Research Methods for Texts and Technology (3 credit hours) is the recommended Methods course.

  • DIG 5137 Information Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6546 Previsualization and Concept Development (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6647 Science and Technology of Dynamic Media (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5225 Theory and Practice of Document Usability (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6426 Visual Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6428 Rhetoric of Digital Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6939 Topics in Texts and Technology (may be repeated for credit) (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6806 Digital Editing and Databases (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6808 Narrative Information Visualization (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6811 Cultural Contexts in Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6814 Gender in Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6948 Teaching Practicum in Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • FIL 5800 Research Methods in Film and Digital Media (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 5665 Knowledge, Responsibility and Society (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 6679 Digital Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • PHM 5035 Environmental Philosophy (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5545 Theatre for Social Change (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5248C Storytelling as a Theatrical Art Form (3 credit hours)
  • WST 5347 Research in Women and Gender Studies (3 credit hours)
  • WST 5601 Theories in Gender Studies (3 credit hours)
Digital Media

DIG 6825 Digital Media Research Methods (3 credit hours) is the recommended Methods course.

  • DIG 5137 Information Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 5487 Principles of Visual Language (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6136 Design for New Media (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6432 Transmedia Story Creation (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6812 Digital Interaction for Informal Learning (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6546 Previsualization and Concept Development (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6605 Physical Computing (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6647 Science and Technology of Digital Media (required) (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5225 Theory and Practice of Document Usability (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6296 Writing and Designing Online Help Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6428 Rhetoric of Digital Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6808 Narrative Information Visualization (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 6679 Digital Ethics (3 credit hours)
Public History

If the student does not hold a master's degree in History, HIS 6159 Historiography (3 credit hours) is the recommended Methods course. If the student holds a master's degree in history, the recommended Methods course is ENG 6812 Research Methods for Texts and Technology (3 credit hours).

  • AMH 5378 History of Technology (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 5636 Colloquium in U.S. Environmental History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 6346 Seminar in the History of American Automobility (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 6429 Seminar in Community and Local History (3 credit hours)
  • AMH 6592 Seminar in Oral History (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6808 Narrative Information Visualization (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5067 Introduction to Public History (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5083 Cultural Heritage Management (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 5925 History in the Digital Age (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6068 Seminar in Documentary Editing and New Media (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6096 Seminar in Historic Preservation (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6165 Digital Tools for Historians (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 6942 Public History Internship (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 6679 Digital Ethics (3 credit hours)
Rhetoric and Composition

ENC 6720 Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours) is the recommended Methods course.

  • ENC 5337 Rhetorical Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5705 Theory and Practice in Composition (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6245 Teaching Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6332 Gendered Rhetoric (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6333 Contemporary Rhetoric and Composition Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6335 Rhetorical Traditions (required) (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6338 The Rhetorics of Public Debate (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6339 Rhetorical Movements (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6428 Rhetoric of Digital Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6712 Studies in Literacy and Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6740 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6945 Community Literacy Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6808 Narrative Information Visualization (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6811 Cultural Contexts in Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 6679 Digital Ethics (3 credit hours)
Scientific and Technical Communication

ENG 6812 Research Methods for Texts and Technology (3 credit hours) is the recommended Methods course.

  • ENC 6261 Technical Writing: Theory and Practice (required) (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5225 Theory and Practice of Document Usability (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6217 Technical Editing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6292 Project Management for Technical Writers (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6297 Production and Publication Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6296 Writing and Designing Online Help Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6425 Hypertext Theory and Design (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6074 Historical Movements in Literary, Cultural and Textual Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6078 Contemporary Movements in Literary, Cultural and Textual Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6808 Narrative Information Visualization (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6435 Rhetoric of Science (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6936 Studies in Literary, Cultural and Textual Theory (3 credit hours)
  • PHI 6679 Digital Ethics (3 credit hours)

Interdisciplinary Electives—9 Credit Hours

Students select 9 credit hours of interdisciplinary electives from any Area of Specialization, or from other departments within the university, subject to approval by the instructor and the Texts and Technology Program Director. This requirement encourages students to find graduate-level coursework best suited to develop their research agendas and to prepare for their dissertations.

Dissertation—18 Credit Hours

Candidacy Examination—3 Credit Hours

  • ENC 7919 Doctoral Research (3 credit hours)

Students are admitted to doctoral candidacy status upon completion of a written examination with three parts—one part based on a reading list reviewed biennially by the Texts and Technology faculty and the other two parts based on reading lists prepared by each student and approved by the examination committee. The candidacy examination for each student is written and evaluated by a committee of three UCF graduate faculty chosen by the student; however, at least two members of each candidacy examination committee must be members of the Texts and Technology faculty. Students must be registered for ENC 7919 during the semester in which they take their candidacy examination and they must find a Texts and Technology core faculty member to serve as the chair of their examination during the semester before enrolling in ENC 7919. Students cannot register for dissertation credit ENC 7980 until the semester after they have successfully completed the candidacy examination. Students who fail the candidacy examination a second time cannot continue in the program. 

Admission to Candidacy

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Successful completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • An approved dissertation advisory committee is on file, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • A current, approved program of study is on file.

Dissertation and Oral Defense—15 Credit Hours

  • ENC 7980 Doctoral Dissertation (15 credit hours)

Students choose their dissertation adviser and committee from among the faculty in the Texts and Technology PhD program, and must have one member from outside the College of Arts and Humanities. They choose the adviser and committee after they have completed approximately 27 credit hours toward the degree or after the first year-and-a-half of course work. All dissertation committee members, including outside readers, must hold a PhD or another relevant terminal degree.

Students must write a dissertation on their research that will explain and defend a significant original contribution to the field of Texts and Technology. It may be of a theoretical, historical or pragmatic nature, but must meet conventional academic standards. Students are required to submit and defend a written dissertation proposal during the first year in dissertation. The dissertation committee administers the candidate’s oral defense of the dissertation, with passing determined by acceptance by a majority of the committee. The dissertation adviser, the dissertation committee and the dean of the college or designee must approve the final dissertation. Format approval is required from the Thesis and Dissertation Office and final approval of degree requirement completion by the College of Graduate Studies (Millican Hall 230).

Students will submit at least one substantial scholarly article to a national and/or international peer-reviewed journal with the approval and assistance of the dissertation chair and the director of the doctoral program.

Internship and Practicum—6 Credit Hours

  • ENG 6813 Teaching Online in Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6947 Internship in Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript from each college/university attended, demonstrating a competitive GPA in the student’s major field of study.
  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited university. Fields with a technological and/or textual theory component, such as digital humanities, public history, technical communication, digital media, cultural studies, philosophy, rhetoric, or linguistics, are especially applicable.
  • Official, competitive GRE score (the test must have been taken within the last five years).
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two regarding the applicant’s potential for success in the Texts and Technology PhD program written by academic mentors.
  • A combination Research Agenda and Statement of Purpose, in which the applicant outlines a potential course of study and explains why the Texts and Technology program PhD program is well suited to his/her area of interest and research.  Competitive students will demonstrate a strong sense of how they will use their graduate study to accomplish their personal and professional goals, as well as provide an overview of their technological skills, knowledge, experience, and abilities.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the Texts and Technology PhD website for additional information regarding the program and faculty (http://www.tandt.cah.ucf.edu).
  • Substantial academic writing sample and an optional digital portfolio illustrating the applicant’s ability to engage in advanced academic work. Acceptable writing samples may include a chapter from a master’s thesis, a conference paper, a term paper for a seminar, or other research project that demonstrates the applicant's ability to pursue the type of research that could possibly lead to a completed dissertation. 
  • Résumé or CV.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is competitive and is based on a comparative evaluation of each applicant’s proficiencies, past performance, recommendations, as well as the match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Texts and Technology PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jan 15

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International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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