At the undergraduate level, we offer a number of courses that not only provide students with the opportunity to learn how to write in a variety of genres (critical, argumentative, and professional), but also introduce students to the formal study of writing practices and their relationship to rhetoric and language studies.

In addition to our first year composition courses, we also offer courses in Advanced Composition (ENGL 360), Foundations of Technical Writing (ENGL 362), Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 380), Development of Modern English (ENGL 385), Introduction to the English Language (ENGL 387), Teaching and Tutoring Writing (ENGL 400), Advanced Technical Writing and Editing (563), Advanced Technical Editing (564), Rhetoric and Writing (ENGL 580), American English (ENGL 587), and the Honors Essay (ENGL 599). For more detailed information about the undergraduate program, please consult departmental courses, as well as the Undergraduate Program, especially the new undergraduate emphasis in Language, Rhetoric, and Writing link.

At the graduate level, we provide a flexible curriculum, largely designed around students' interests and goals. In addition to the practicum (required of all new teachers of composition), we offer Introduction to Composition Studies (ENGL 780), along with a variety of advanced courses and seminars.

A sampling of recent course offerings include the following:

  • Genre Studies
  • Liberatory Pedagogy
  • Grammar, Rhetoric, and Style
  • Rhetorical Approaches to Literature
  • Scholarly Writing for Publication
  • Seminar in Metaphor Theory
  • Rhetoric, Culture and Theories of Everyday Life
  • Writing Center Theory and Administration
  • History of the English Language
  • Engaging Publics
  • Writing Knowledge Transfer
  • Stylistics
  • Rhetorics of Counterpublic Discourse
  • Translingualism
  • Genres for Social Action

While we offer both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with specialization in rhetoric and composition, graduate students in rhetoric and composition may elect to pursue their doctorate without stopping for an intermediary Master's degree. Under our five-year plan, students may expedite their progress toward degree by combining MA and PhD coursework and moving directly to a comprehensive examination and dissertation. For more detailed information about degree requirements, as well as the five year option, please see links to MA Option II, PhD with emphasis in rhetoric and composition, PhD 5-year or consult the Graduate Handbook.

For a more in-depth description of recent graduate course offerings, visit the newly-updated "Showcase" page


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