Doctorate Titles

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by thomaskolter, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    I was curious is there a difference between a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) and a DLitt (Doctor of Letters) and other doctorate titles? Just curious.
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    There's not an academic difference, nor is there with most EdD degrees. There's a practical difference in that only with a PhD do you not have to worry about explaining what it is to non-academics.

    Incidentally, if you're asking because of Unisa's DLitt et Phil, that's evidently going the way of the dinosaur soon, to be replaced by boring old PhD.

  3. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    That, and that some job postings may seek a Ph.D., while I doubt any will seek an Ed.D. specifically. (This seeking-a-Ph.D. would occur primarily where education is not the primary field of expertise sought; for instance, for college faculty where the right candidate could slide in with a related or an out-of-field doctorate such as a doctorate in education, but the posters might not have thought to include an Ed.D in the specs... that sort of thing.)

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