Aug 17, 2019  
2017-2018 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
2017-2018 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Letters

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Students enrolled in the Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree program must complete ten courses (30 credit hours) plus two required seminars: The Joy of Scholarly Writing: Beginning the Dissertation Process, and Liberal Studies: What They Are, What They Do, for a total of 36 credit hours with a cumulative average of 3.1 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. All D.Litt. students must prepare and successfully defend a nine-credit (for a total degree requirement of 45 hours) doctoral dissertation of 150-220 pages.

There are two required courses for the Doctor of Letters program:

  1. ARLT 801 Liberal Studies: What They Are, What They Do
    This ungraded (S/U) seminar should be taken in the first year of coursework. This course is offered each semester only on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:30 pm.
  2.  ARLT/ARWR 905 The Joy of Scholarly Writing: Beginning the Dissertation Process

Students derive most value from the course if they enroll in their last or penultimate semester and are ready to begin the dissertation process. In order to enroll in The Joy of Scholarly Writing students must have earned 24 or more credits.

Doctor of Letters Concentrations:

D.Litt. candidates also do a concentration of 4 courses, which should be selected to achieve congruence and connectedness.  D.Litt. students must declare a concentration prior to registering for their 6th course.  Some A&L courses may serve different concentrations, depending on content and subject to consultation with one’s advisor. The revised available concentrations are:

  • Historical Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Studies in Spirituality
  • Writing (required for proposing a creative writing dissertation)
  • Fine Arts and Media Studies
  • Irish/Irish American Studies
  • Teaching in the Two Year College: this concentration has a required foundation course, ARLET 701, Introduction to the Two-Year College, offered fall semester only; a minimal grade of B is required in this course in order to continue in the concentration.  The second and third courses are chosen from A & L courses in one’s potential discipline of teaching.  The fourth course is a supervised internship for a semester in a class at the County College of Morris (daytime classes only). Potential interns must be approved by both Drew and CCM.

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