Summer Doctoral Institute (SDI)

The Summer Doctoral Institute offers courses during the summer school session that will enable part-time students to schedule a full-time load, which is 6 hours in the summer. Full-time students are also eligible to take courses in the institute on either a part-time or full-time basis. The SDI facilitates programmatic needs such as community building, research development, and faculty-student interaction. Therefore, the PhD program requires that online students attend two SDIs across two summers. Local students are also encouraged to register and participate, as the English Graduate Organization has extracurricular planning as part of the SDI’s program.

The institute operates as follows: for each course, students participate online for two weeks, followed by two weeks of on-campus instruction, followed by two additional weeks via electronic means. The three options for completing each SDI are as follows:

  • Completing both classes offered during SDI.
  • Completing one SDI class and any other English doctoral course offered in the summer session. You may take a class outside of English only if that course satisfies specific programmatic requirements such as the Research Competency.
  • Completing one SDI class and one ENGL 897 (Independent Study) that has an on-campus study component as part of the course schedule (subject to approval)

The two-week long on-campus instruction portion typically takes place in early or mid July. During that time, students stay in the dormitories on campus. Specific information about the upcoming SDI will be emailed to students around the end of each Spring semester.

Visit the Attending SDI section of the website to learn more about attending your first SDI!