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Composition and Rhetoric Concentration for MA English

The Composition and Rhetoric Concentration within the MA in English provides students the opportunity for research and advanced study in the field of composition and rhetoric. Students who seek careers in college or high school teaching or professional writing may find this option particularly beneficial.

Admission requirement: Once students have completed 12 credits for the MA in English, including ENGL 500, they may elect a concentration in composition and rhetoric for their electives.

Core courses (18 credits): Complete the core courses as identified in the English MA.  Note: A course taken to fulfill the MA in English core, specifically the course requirement in composition/rhetoric/creative writing/linguistics, can NOT be double-counted for the composition and rhetoric concentration.

Concentration requirements (15 credits)

Complete five courses, selected from the following: 

  • ENGL 502 - MA Thesis (3 or 6 credits) on a composition or rhetoric topic
  • ENGL 503 - Directed Study (maximum of 3 credits) on a composition or rhetoric topic
  • ENGL 511 - Special Topics in Writing *
  • ENGL 513 - Composition Theories and Pedagogy
  • ENGL 523 - History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 524 - Cultural Rhetorics
  • ENGL 526 - Professional Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 540 - Working with Archives
  • ENGL 555 - International Study and Travel (with a writing focus)
  • ENGL 599 - Internship (maximum 3 credits)
  • One course in TESOL or creative writing (ENGL 514, ENGL 516, ENGL 517, ENGL 518, ENGL 519, ENGL 521, ENGL 591, ENGL 592, ENGL 593, or ENGL 595).

*repeatable with different topics

Exit Requirement:  Complete the exit requirement (thesis or non-thesis) as identified in the English MA.  Note: Courses taken for the exit requirement CAN double count for the concentration.

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