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The Department of English offers students the opportunity to pursue studies in Rhetoric and Composition at the undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral levels. We emphasize a broad knowledge of the field—its history, trends, methods, issues, and themes—while we encourage and assist students in developing focused, timely research projects.

Our program has special strengths in:

  • Genre and language theory
  • Style
  • Multimodality and digital rhetorics
  • Translingualism
  • Public discourses
  • Writing pedagogy
  • Global writing research

All of our students have considerable flexibility in developing their own course of study, and faculty work closely with students in their scholarly and professional development. Doctoral graduates of our program have gained positions at a wide range of institutions, from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities.

We also offer a new undergraduate emphasis in Language, Rhetoric, and Writing within our existing English major.

Explore our site and please feel free to contact the English department,, or call 785-864-4520 for further information.


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