Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Morgan State to Offer English Doctorate. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Morgan State to Offer English Doctorate. (Noteworthy News)

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BALTIMORE

Morgan State University will soon join Howard University as the only two historically Black colleges and universities to offer students a doctorate in English.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the university's proposal earlier this summer, and the degree will be offered commencing with the fall semester of the 2003 academic year.

Morgan also joins an elite group of schools within the state of Maryland, with only one other public institution in the state, the University of Maryland, College Park, offering the degree.

The Modern Language Association counts roughly 2,600 English programs in its database of U.S. and Canadian departments. Some 1,540 are in four-year institutions, of which 150 offer the doctorate.

"The decision to grant Morgan State University the Ph.D. in English was based on the proposal it submitted to MHEC, which demonstrated a potential for success," says Karen R. Johnson, Maryland's secretary of higher education.

MHEC's decision to approve the proposal "reflects a longstanding commitment to excellence by the members of a proud department," says Dr. …

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