The Rhetoric and Composition Master of Arts track prepares students for teaching college-level writing, for continuing to a PhD program in rhetoric and composition, and for working in public and professional situations that call for effective persuasion and communication.
The program prepares students to engage in technologically adept, theory-based writing research and pedagogy. The program emphasizes rhetorical, writing, and literacy traditions and theories, particularly as they relate to the teaching of writing. This degree is ideal preparation for teaching college-level writing, for continuing to a PhD program in rhetoric and composition, and for working in public and professional situations that call for effective persuasion and communication.
Upon completion of this program, students receive a Master of Arts in English diploma and their transcript shows both Master of Arts in English and Rhetoric and Composition track.
Each student must complete at least 33 credit hours, including 15 credit hours of required courses, 15 credit hours of elective courses, and 3 hours of thesis/non-thesis hours. Before beginning thesis/non-thesis hours, the student will develop and get approved an annotated bibliography related to their proposed thesis or non-thesis topic.
The program requires that students complete a thesis or non-thesis project approved by the graduate faculty that contributes to some aspect of rhetorical, writing, and/or literacy studies.
Total Credit Hours Required: 33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree
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