Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Composition

Admission Requirements

*An applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree in English but who has exceptional qualifications should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English.To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in English with a Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition

Semester Hours Required (Minimum): 36 Hours

Required Courses

  • ENG 5000: Bibliography and Research (3)
  • 9 hours in English literature (either 6 hours from pre-1789 British and 3 hours from post-1789 British, or 3 hours from pre-1789 British and 6 hours from post-1789 British)
  • 3 hours in pre-1900 American literature*
  • 3 hours in post-1900 American literature*
  • 3 hours R C 5100 - Composition Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy
  • 3 hours R C 5300 - Studies in Rhetoric and Composition OR 3 hours R C 5410 - Digital and Visual Rhetorics
  • 3 hours R C 5400 - Rhetorical Theory
  • 3 hours ENG 5998 - Thesis Preparation
  • 3 hours ENG 5999 - Thesis (on a topic in the field of Rhetoric and Composition)

3 hours from the following:

* Any course not associated with a historical period (such as Ethnic American Literature, Studies in American Indian Literature, Appalachian Literature, Cultural Studies, or Gender Studies) may count for the pre-1900 or post-1900 American literature course requirement as appropriate, as determined by the graduate program director in consultation with the instructor.