Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis

The M.A. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition offers the following:

  • training for students seeking to teach at the junior college level

  • an attractive degree program for public school English teachers

  • a theoretical and historical foundation for students seeking to enter a Ph.D. program in rhetoric and composition

  • training for students seeking a professional writing career

Course Distribution

The M.A. degree in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition consists of 36 semester hours total (18 hours of rhetoric and composition courses, and 18 hours of elective English courses).

I. 18 Hours of Rhetoric and Composition:

A. Required Courses (6 hours):

  1. ENGL 7000--Approaches to Graduate Study (3 hours)

  2. ENGL 7010--Approaches to Critical Theory (3 hours)

B. Required, if not taken as an undergraduate (0-3 hours):

  1. ENGL 4620--Survey of the History of Rhetoric* (0-3 hours)

    *must be taken as ENGL 6000--Graduate Option

C. 3-6 hours from the following:

  1. ENGL 7600--Studies in Rhetoric and Composition (0-3 hours)

  2. ENGL 8600--Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (0-3 hours)

D. 3-9 hours from the following:

  1. ENGL 7600--Studies in Rhetoric and Composition (0-3 hours)

  2. ENGL 8600--Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (0-3 hours)

  3. LING 4000--Elements of Linguistics* (0-3 hours)

    *must be taken as ENGL 6000--Graduate Option

  4. LING 4160--Sociolinguistics* (0-3 hours)

    *must be taken as ENGL 6000--Graduate Option

  5. ENGL 4610--History of the English Language* (0-3 hours)

    *must be taken as ENGL 6000--Graduate Option

  6. ENGL 8690--Workshop in Rhetoric and Composition (0-6 hours)

*These courses fall under graduate option, which allows for only two courses at the 4000 level. Credit for such courses will be listed as ENGL 6000. If taken at the undergraduate level, these courses cannot be taken again for graduate credit.

II. 18 Hours of Elective Courses in English:

  1. 7000-Level, Studies Courses: 0-18 hours

  2. 8000-Level, Seminars: 0-18 hours

  3. Graduate Option (6000-level courses and/or courses from other departments): 0-6 hours

  4. Thesis Hours (for students who select the thesis option in the program): 3 or more hours, depending on how many hours are needed to meet the 36-hour requirement and complete the thesis.

Graduate Option:

Students may exercise a graduate option by enrolling in one or both of the following:

  1. 6000-level courses in the English department, with the prefixes ENGL, LING, CWCL, and/or JOUR. These are split-level courses that are comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students. A maximum of 6 hours of coursework may be drawn from these courses.

  2. graduate courses from outside of the English department. A maximum of 6 hours of coursework may be drawn from these courses.

Special Requirements for Students Entering the Program Without an Undergraduate Degree in English:

Students entering the rhetoric and composition emphasis without an undergraduate degree in English or English minor or its equivalent must complete three hours of either ENGL 3210 or 3215; and three hours of either 3110 or 3120--all with a grade of B or higher. These prerequisites must be completed before the student may enroll in graduate-level courses.