Graduate Courses

MA in Rhetoric and Composition form (PDF)

PhD in Rhetoric and Composition form(PDF)

ENGL 6510. Grant and Proposal Writing

Study and practice in grant and proposal writing in business and organizational settings.

ENGL 6520. Gender and Writing

Examines women’s contributions and the role of gender in writing and rhetoric from ancient to contemporary cultures. May include writing projects in civic, social, and professional settings.

ENGL 8005. Practical Grammar

This course is a practical examination of English grammar, with application to writing seminar papers, theses, and dissertations. Students will learn nomenclature, traditional methods of language analysis, and solutions for the grammatical dilemmas they face as writers.

ENGL 8080. Modern Grammar

Fundamentals of present-day English language constructions in writing and speech: phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse. Focuses on applying modern linguistic theories to the analysis of form, function, and meaning of English utterances. Especially recommended for those who expect to teach English or English Language Arts.

ENGL 8090. History of the English Language

Development of the structure and history of the English language from its Indo-European roots through Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English to Present-Day English. Attention will also be given to social and regional variations of English and the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

ENGL 8100. Directed Individual Research

Specialized research projects for doctoral and advanced M.A. students. May be repeated if topics vary.

ENGL 8115. Technical Writing 

Study of scientific and technical styles; practice in various formats, including reports, proposals, instructional manuals, and professional papers.

ENGL 8120. Proseminar: Writing for Academic Publication

Study of academic writing and publication opportunities; focus on submitting conference abstracts, book reviews, and journal articles for publication; prospectus writing for M.A. and Ph.D. theses and dissertations. Students will have the opportunity to develop and expand their research in the field in which they choose to write a thesis or dissertation. (required for MA and PhD, recommended to be taken after the first year)

ENGL 8121. Rhetoric of Digital Media

This course will introduce current theories and practices for design and production with digital media with the goal of developing rhetorically savvy composers and critics. Covers current digital media theory, digital literacy, and theories of visual, aural, haptic, spatial, and other analysis important for digital rhetoric and composition.

ENGL 8122. User Experience Research

This course will introduce current theories and practices for usability research and customer interaction. Covers interviewing, situational observation, survey techniques, and usability studies.

ENGL 8123. Digital Media Production

This course will be production-intensive and focus on current practices in web design and other digital media design for different applications such as scholarly projects, digital pedagogy, online teaching and digital editing.

ENGL 8124. Web Programming for Writers

This course will teach you the difference between print and digital rhetoric by teaching you the basics of web programming. No previous programming experience required but knowledge of HTML and CSS an advantage.

ENGL 8125. Writing and Research Methodology

Theory and practice of reading and conducting empirical research for the study of writing. Strong emphasis on theoretical and ethical principles of research methodology important for critically reading empirical research and designing new studies. (required for MA and PhD, recommended to be taken after the first year)

ENGL 8170. Classical Rhetoric: Greek

Historical foundations examining the theories, practices, and teaching of rhetoric from Archaic Greece through the Hellenistic Age; including nonwestern rhetoric and contemporary receptions of history. (required for MA and PhD)

ENGL 8171. Classical Rhetoric: Roman

Historical foundations examining the theories, practices, and teaching of rhetoric from the Roman Republic to the fall of the Roman Empire; including nonwestern rhetoric and contemporary receptions of history.

ENGL 8172. Medieval and Renaissance Rhetoric

Historical foundations of rhetorical theory and practices from Augustine to Madame de Scudery, covering the Middle Ages through the Renaissance in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle-East, and Asia, with emphasis on major figures, technological advances, and feminist rhetoric.

ENGL 8173. Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Rhetoric

This course explores the importance of enlightenment rhetoric’s influence upon subsequent developments in oratory, belletristic rhetoric, composition pedagogy, print rhetoric, and the varied venues of rhetorical engagement. This is not a course in enlightenment philosophy, although we will certainly read philosophers from the period. Rather, we will look to the enlightenment period (broadly defined) to locate the origins of contemporary fields housed in English departments. This lens will necessitate our expanding the traditional boundaries of the enlightenment period. In particular, we will examine the influence of Scottish enlightenment theories and practices upon American pedagogy (broadly defined).

ENGL 8174. Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Rhetoric

Contemporary scholarship from foundational twentieth-century rhetorical theories to current diverse perspectives that inform Rhetoric and Composition Studies.

ENGL 8175. Topics in Rhetoric and Composition

Focused study of a problem, question, issue, genre, or specialized subject not covered in other courses. May be repeated as topic varies.

ENGL 8180. Composition Theory 

An introduction to the field of Composition Studies, including bibliographical resources and competing theoretical debates; the relationships of literature, rhetoric, and literacy theory to composition studies; the application of composition theory to pedagogy; and major social, political, and curricular contexts for writing. (required for MA and PhD)

ENGL 8195. Composition Pedagogy

An introduction to methods and contemporary practices for teaching writing in classroom and writing center settings; practical applications focusing on strategies for course development and assignment design, response, assessment, and reflective classroom practices.

ENGL 8900. Topics in English

Seminars are offered every semester under this general topics number and include Visual Rhetorics, Computers and Composition, and Literacy Studies, among others.

ENGL 8999. Thesis Research

ENGL 9030. Non-Thesis Individual Research
An independent study course for students who are conducting research with faculty or preparing for comprehensive examinations at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels.