Students in this specialization join a vibrant community of scholars who research the transformative potential of writing and rhetoric and analyze the social, cultural, economic and historical forces shaping writing and rhetoric in theory and practice. Through analysis of and engagement with diverse contexts for writing, students create and apply methods for addressing shared social problems in classrooms and communities. Our graduates study in top tier rhetoric and composition Ph.D. programs, teach composition and rhetoric at secondary and post-secondary levels, and work for social change through careers in government, publishing, industry, and non-profit organizations.

Effective Fall 2018

Required Courses
E 501Theories of Composition3
E 600BResearch Methods/Theory: Writing Studies3
E 603Critical Digital Rhetoric3
E 633Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric3
E 637Histories of Writing and Rhetoric3
E 692Seminar in Writing, Rhetoric, & Social Change 12
E 699Thesis6
Elective Courses 29
Select at least nine credits in Rhetoric/Composition/English or closely related fields developed in consultation with your advisor.
Program Total Credits:32

 A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this program.

Effective Fall 2018

Required Courses
E 501Theories of Composition3
E 600BResearch Methods/Theory: Writing Studies3
E 603Critical Digital Rhetoric3
E 633Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric3
E 637Histories of Writing and Rhetoric3
E 692Seminar in Writing, Rhetoric, & Social Change 12
E 698Research: Project2
Elective Courses 215
Select at least fifteen credits in Rhetoric/Composition/English or closely related fields developed in consultation with your advisor.
Program Total Credits:34

 A minimum of 34 credits are required to complete this program.