English - Rhetoric and Composition - Ph.D.
Department of English
113 Satterfield Hall
The Ph.D. degree in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition, concentrates on the ways literacy practices shape people's lives in educational, workplace and public spheres. The coursework emphasizes data-rich and methodologically sophisticated research and prepares students to investigate literacy, rhetoric and social practice. Collaborative research with faculty, administrative opportunities, and community outreach prepare students to sustain and advance in the discipline. Graduates contribute in meaningful ways to university communities and the larger public sphere.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Master's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- GRE scores
- Writing sample (8-15 pages) relevant to the field of study
- Goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 610 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 102 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 86 MELAB score
- Minimum 7.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 73 PTE score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Develop knowledge of the field of Rhetoric and Composition, its application in diverse contexts, and its role in contemporary culture.
- Generate research questions, develop appropriate research designs, and practice ethical modes of inquiry.
- Participate in local and international communities of like-minded scholars and teachers.
- Contribute new knowledge in the field of Rhetoric and Composition.
|ENG 75012||READING AND INTERPRETING RESEARCH ON WRITING 1||3|
|ENG 75022||RHETORICAL THEORY:GREEK AND ROMAN||3|
|ENG 75044||RESEARCH DESIGN 1||3|
|ENG 75051||LITERACY:FUNCTIONS, PRACTICES AND HISTORY||3|
|ENG 89199||DISSERTATION I 2||30|
|Theory Electives, choose from the following:||9|
|RHETORICAL THEORY:18TH, 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES|
|ROLE OF COMPOSITION|
|LIGUISTICS FOR RHETORICIANS|
|DOMAIN RHETORICS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE|
|THEORIES AND SYSTEMS OF WRITING AND REPRESENTATION|
|THE RHETORICAL NATURE AND FUNCTION OF EXTENDED DISCOURSE|
|THE NATURE AND RELATIONSHIP OF ACADEMIC AND NONACADEMIC LITERACY|
|INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF WRITING ASSESSMENT: RESEARCH, THEORY AND PRACTICE|
|Practice Electives, choose from the following:||9|
|WRITING ACTIVITY AS SOCIAL PRACTICE|
|FIELD RESEARCH METHODS IN WRITING|
|STUDIES IN LITERACY AND COMMUNITY|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||60|
When scheduling permits, students should take ENG 75012 as a prerequisite to ENG 75044; there will be semesters however, when students need to take ENG 75012 and ENG 75044 simultaneously if they want to take ENG 75044.
Students, with guidance from faculty, complete a qualifying examination before writing a dissertation prospectus. Upon the successful completion of the qualifying examination, students form a dissertation committee whose members direct the student through the dissertation and the completion of the degree. Each doctoral candidate, upon admission to candidacy, must register for ENG 89199 for a total of 30 hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter ENG 89299, each semester, including one term each summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met.