Rhetoric and Composition


Rhetoric and Composition Specialization

Theory and Practice

The MA in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition allows you to pursue the study of writing and writing instruction, including the theory and practice of writing and writing instruction; the roles writing plays in public and private contexts; the composing processes used by writers in varying contexts and for particular purposes; the social, cultural, and historical forces shaping writing and writing instruction; and the impact of technology on writing and writing instruction.

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Teach and reshape lives through classrooms and communities. Work for social change through government, industry, nonprofit. Direct a Writing Center or Writing across the Curriculum program. Work in Public Relations, professional writing or technical writing. Write for the public sphere, effect policy, influence digital culture and challenge boundaries.

Draw on a wide range of resources. These include, but aren’t limited to, a nationally recognized faculty with expertise in the history, practice, and theory of writing and writing instruction

Course offerings within the department covering key issues in the field

Courses offered in related departments, such as Speech Communication and Journalism and Technical Communication

Nationally recognized program for preparing graduate students to teach writing

Strong commitment to innovative uses of technology to support writers and teachers of writing, including a dedicated computer lab for graduate students, two computer-supported writing classrooms, and resources available online

Opportunity to participate in funded research conducted through the University’s Center for Research on Writing and Communication Technologies

What Are Students Saying?

Joe Schicke

“My experience as a Rhetoric and Composition student at CSU was formative and inspiring, thanks in large part to an amazing ‘All-Star Team’ of professors. In addition to guiding my academic studies, they made me aware of the critical issues in higher education labor, essentially preparing me to be a socially conscious faculty member and citizen.”

 ~Joe Schicke, MA English: Rhetoric & Composition