Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Writing Concentration

The Concentration in Rhetoric and Writing provides students with an advanced understanding of written, visual, and oral texts as well as the ability to produce documents in genres appropriate to various audiences, purposes, and contexts:

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  • Graduates with a focus on teaching college writing pursue careers as writing instructors, program staff, advisors, and administrators at community colleges and universities. Their subjects of study include curriculum design, writing theory, and pedagogy.
  • Graduates with a focus on professional/technical writing pursue careers in technical writing, grant proposal writing, communications and marketing, publishing, documentation analysis, public relations and public affairs, academic advising, and software development. Their subjects of study include documentation and web design for business, industry, and non-profit agencies.

Graduates have gone on to earn Ph.Ds at Bowling Green State University, Miami University, Ball State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, among others.

Course Requirements for M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing

Core Courses (6 hours)

  • ENG 7020 Methods and Materials of Research in Writing and Language
  • ENG 7120 Rhetoric

7000-Level Courses (18 hours)

Six additional 7000-level courses, at least four of which must be seminars in writing and/or language (ENG7410-7430; prerequisite for all seminars is ENG 7020 or 7010)

Electives (9 hours)

Nine additional graduate credit hours (6000 or 7000 level) in English or an approved related field

MA Culminating Project

Before graduating, a candidate for the Master of Arts degree in English must

  1. submit a Culminating Project of work for evaluation, and
  2. present selected contents of that project at a designated English Department event.