ATLANTA (Oct. 31, 2014) – Clark Atlanta University (CAU), a Carnegie-designated doctoral research university, today announced that its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), has approved the conversion of its Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities (D.A.H) to a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Humanities, beginning in spring of 2015. Upon graduation of the students presently enrolled in the D.A.H. program, the University will phase it out, thereafter offering only the Ph.D. in Humanities degree.
“This important programmatic transition aligns the D.A.H. program with CAU’s other Ph.D. programs –10 in all—and represents the University’s address to the demands placed upon scholars, researchers and the professoriate in today’s higher education arena,” said CAU President Carlton E. Brown.
The University has since 1982 offered the Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities with concentrations in African-American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, English, History and Romance Languages. Students currently enrolled in the 60-credit-hour program will be able to complete their degrees as initially planned, or may complete additional hours to qualify for the 72-credit-hour Ph.D. degree. A total of eight three-credit courses (four required and four electives) with a focus on research and scholarship has been added to the department’s doctoral curriculum to satisfy the Ph.D. requirement.
According to Interim Dean Danielle Gray-Singh, Ph.D., “The Ph.D. in Humanities program will embrace components of these departments while remaining a separate entity, with courses and degree requirements from the major areas of study common to all students who participate in the program. Our desire in offering this revised doctorate program is to engage an even broader field of graduate scholars.”
According to SACSCOC, the conversion to the Ph.D. program did not require approval, since it does not represent a significant departure from the current program. It has been structured so that current faculty members may continue their work and will not be adversely affected by the change.
For more information on Clark Atlanta University’s Ph.D. in Humanities Program, go to http://www.cau.edu/department-of-humanities/index.html or call 404-880-6769. For information on any of the 34 distinct graduate degrees offered by Clark Atlanta University, go to http://www.cau.edu/graduatestudies or call 404-880-8667.Category: University Media
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