Graduate Program

"Rhetoric is the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion."

Aristotle

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The University of Utah offers a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition through three departments:

  • English
  • Communication
  • Education, Culture, and Society

Incoming doctoral students will be assigned and meet with a temporary advisor during their first semester to outline a plan of study. The plan of study will help to ensure that the student is on track to meet both the departmental and Rhet/Comp program requirements. Specifically, in addition to their departmental coursework, doctoral students will need to take each one of the following classes:

  • WRTG/ENG 6350: Composition Theory and Research
  • WRTG/ENG 6500: Studies in Writing and Pedagogy
  • WRTG/ENG/LING 6767: Studies in Discourse Analysis
  • WRTG 7760: Theory and History or Rhetoric
  • WRTG 7770: Research in Writing and Rhetoric

Rhet/Comp courses are cross-listed across all three departments, so identifying which course fills a particular requirement will be readily discernible. Upon completion of coursework, doctoral students will follow the program outlined by their respective home department.

Each department has slightly different program requirements for its doctoral students. However, in all cases, the doctoral programs comprise of three main sections: 1) coursework, 2) qualifying examinations, and 3) dissertation writing and defense. Each of these steps toward the Ph.D. is described in detail on the departmental websites linked below.

English

Communication

Education, Culture, & Society

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Writing Program.

Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition

The University of Utah offers a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition through two departments

  • English
  • Communication

Master's degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition

The English department offers a Master's degree in literature studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition. In their third semester, graduate students will outline a plan of study with their advisor, who should be chosen from one of the Writing Program faculty who has a joint appointment with the English department. The plan of study will identify which Rhet/Comp courses the graduate student should plan to take in order to complete his or her degree. A minimum of 30 credit hours (10 courses) are required to graduate.

To complete their degree, Master’s students through the English department will take an exam that addresses perspectives on rhetoric and composition from allied disciplines and explores a topic that arises from the student’s core courses in rhetoric and composition.

To view the program requirements of this degree, visit the English department's program page.

Master's degree in Communication with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition

The Communication department offers a Master's degree that allows students to focus their studies in a number of different subject areas within the field. In their third semester, graduate students will outline a plan of study with their advisor, who should be chosen from one of the Writing Program faculty who has a joint appointment with the Communication department. The plan of study will identify which Rhet/Comp courses the graduate student should plan to take in order to complete his or her degree. A minimum of 30 credit hours (10 courses) are required to graduate.

In addition to their course work, Master's students may elect a thesis, project, or non-thesis option to complete their degree. To view the program requirements of this degree, visit the Communication department's program page.

Please contact either the graduate coordinator for the home department or the Writing Program if you have further questions.

Gerri Mackey, Department of English

Email: gerri.mackey@english.utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-7131

Office 3500 LNCO

 

Jessica Tanner, Department of Communication

Email: jessica.tanner@utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-5862

Office 2400 LNCO

 

Wanda Pillow, Department of Education, Culture and Society

Email: wanda.pillow @utah.edu

Phone: 801-587-7805

Office: 308G MBH

 

Jay Jordan, Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Email: jay.jordan@utah.edu

Phone: 581-7090

Office: 3700 LNCO