English Rhetoric and Composition (PhD)
The Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Composition provides graduate training in the history and theory of rhetoric; theory and empirical research in composition; an area of literary study; and the relation of rhetoric and composition to allied fields (e.g., critical theory, cultural studies, linguistics).
Goals for the PhD are that students will:
- Gain specialized and current disciplinary knowledge;
- Write a dissertation in which they initiate and complete specialized research that addresses an original and significant question in rhetoric and composition; and
- Acquire experience and expertise as writing teachers.
Application Due: January 5 (fall admission only)
All applicants should submit:
- Online Graduate Application.
- A written statement of no more than 1,000 words detailing the applicant's professional goals in the field of rhetoric and composition.
- Complete official transcripts of all college-level work.
- Three academic letters of recommendation.
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (From within the last five years).
- Critical writing sample (15-20 pages).
- Application for Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
- All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test. English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam or official Duolingo overall score of 105. Students holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States may be exempt from this requirement.
All doctoral students are expected to complete a minimum of 45 graduate credit hours; demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English; successfully complete the Modern and Contemporary Rhetoric and Composition exam and the Specified Literature Area exam; complete and defend a dissertation; and participate in a year-long supervised teaching-internship. (Graduate teaching assistants automatically fulfill the professional requirement once they have completed one successful year as a graduate teaching assistant.)
More information on requirements can be found in the English Department Graduate Program Guidelines.
Graduate-level English courses beyond those listed may count towards requirements depending on the topics covered. Detailed course descriptions, available on the English Department website, will provide this information and can be discussed during advising with the director of graduate studies.
|ENGL 602||Teaching College Composition||3|
|ENGL 620||Research in the Composition||3|
|ENGL 689||Directed Reading for Comprehensive Examinations||3|
|Pedagogy and Program Administration||3|
|Assessing and Responding to Student Writing|
or ENGL 670
|Composition Theory and Practice|
|Studies in Genres|
or ENGL 671
|History of Rhetoric I|
or ENGL 672
|History of Rhetoric II|
or ENGL 673
|Rhetoric and Textual Analysis|
or ENGL 676
|The Rhetoric of Science|
|Contemporary Theories of Interpretation|
or ENGL 692
|Topics in Interpretive Theory Since 1900|
|Studies in Genres|
or ENGL 605
|Teaching Literature: Theory and Practice|
or ENGL 606
|Creative Writing I|
or ENGL 607
|Creative Writing II|
or ENGL 624
|Old English and Middle English Language and Literature|
or ENGL 631
or ENGL 632
or ENGL 633
|Renaissance Poetry and Prose|
or ENGL 642
or ENGL 643
|Eighteenth-Century Poetry and Prose|
or ENGL 644
|Romantic Poetry and Prose|
or ENGL 651
or ENGL 652
|Nineteenth-Century British Poetry and Prose|
or ENGL 653
or ENGL 654
or ENGL 660
or ENGL 661
|Nineteenth-Century American Fiction|
or ENGL 662
|Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and Prose|
or ENGL 664
|American Authors: 1900-Present|
or ENGL 665
or ENGL 681
|Seminar in Special Studies|
or ENGL 685
|Seminar in Modern British Studies|
or ENGL 686
|Seminar in American Studies|
|ENGL 690||Dissertation Research||12|
|Minimum Total Hours||45|
Students must take either ENGL 691 or ENGL 692 as part of the Literature requirement. The remaining Literature hours may be selected from any of the additional courses listed, in consultation with the student's advisor.