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

Masters in Rhetoric and Composition

In order to complete either Masters Degree, students will take 10 courses and 30 credit hours over two years. They will also be required to either take a written exam, complete a thesis, or create and complete a project.

Students enrolled in the Masters programs (MA/MS) must complete the following courses:

  • Core curriculum: MA/MS Students must take at least two (six credits) of the following core courses:
    • WRTG 6350: Composition Theory and Practice
    • WRTG 7740: Rhetoric I
    • WRTG 7750: Rhetoric II
    • WRTG 7770: Research Method

Core courses are taught on a two-year cycle, with every course offered at least once in two years.

  • Electives: In collaboration with the DGS, Maters students will select three elective courses (9 credits) to complete their program of study. Students may take additional core courses as electives, or they may take courses specializing in a topic or method. Examples of elective courses are:
    • Digital Rhetorics
    • Sonic Rhetorics
    • Discourse Analysis

Students may satisfy elective requirements by taking courses in other departments, selected in consultation with their chair and/or the DGS.

Students may choose to do an independent study with a faculty member as part of their elective coursework. In an independent study, the student and faculty mentor will create a reading list that they will work through together. The independent study may culminate in a semester paper, an article, a project, a website, exam reading list, etc. The end of semester deliverable will be discussed and decided on by the student and faculty mentor.

In addition to core curriculum, electives on special topics are available every year. Students may also take graduate level courses in sister departments, such as Linguistics, English, Communication, and other fields that meet the research needs of the particular student.

Graduate students are expected to regularly attend all of their classes. Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.3 semester and cumulative GPA throughout the program. A student who fails to maintain this average may be placed on academic probation and/or lose their assistantship.

Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition

The aim of the Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. through English is to give students solid preparation for academic careers through courses, seminars, and independent study in composition theory, rhetorical theory and history, discourse analysis, literary studies, cultural studies, and pedagogical theory.

Students must complete, with grades of “B” or higher, a minimum of 10 courses and 30 credit hours (including independent studies) at the 6000- or 7000-level, with the exception that coursework undertaken in another department, which may be on the 5000-level. For the PhD, an oral and written exam, prospectus, and dissertation are also required in addition to coursework.

Students enrolled in the PhD program must complete the following courses:

  • Core Curriculum: PhD Students must take all four of the following core courses:
    • WRTG 6350: Composition Theory and Practice
    • WRTG 7770: Research Methods
    • WRTG 7750: Rhetoric I
    • WRTG 7760: Rhetoric II
      (12 credit hours)

Core courses are taught on a two-year cycle, with every course offered at least once in two years.

  • Elective Courses: In collaboration with the DGS and their committee chair, PhD students will select six elective courses to complete their program of study. Students courses specializing in a topic or method from our department or other departments. Examples of elective courses are:
    • Digital Rhetorics
    • Sonic Rhetorics
    • Discourse Analysis

Students may satisfy elective requirements by taking courses in other departments, selected in consultation with their chair and/or the DGS. PhD students may take elective courses in other departments, for example, English or Communication. These courses should align with the student’s research interests.

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Last Updated: 11/19/19