Probing Higher Degrees in New York writes....
How did PhDs in Creative Writing come about? Are they a recent phenomenon,
and was there controversy about the existence of a PhD in creative work?
Were people upset that the MFA would not longer count as terminal?
What I really want to know about is the process that took place. Which
departments and schools had the first such programs, from whom did they
need to get permission, and how did they do it?
That's way too many questions, Probie. But I'll post it here anyways.
I'm completely guessing here, but hopefully it will start a conversation in the comments section, and we'll get to the bottom of things: Cornell, Utah, Florida State, UNLV, and USC strike me as Ph.D. programs that have been around for a while.
Okay readers. Help me out.
UPDATE: I should've been clearer about Cornell, as a number of readers have pointed out. Cornell has a program for a limited number (one or two) of students that is a joint MFA/Ph.D program. The Ph.D is in literature. The MFA is in creative writing.