The program's goals and what our graduates will be able to do.
The M.A. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication meets the needs of its students, the university, and the community at large in four main ways:
The primary objective of the M.A. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication is to meet the needs listed above and, pragmatically speaking, to enhance the opportunities of graduate students within the Department of English to acquire knowledge and skills leading to a marketable professional degree. More specific objectives include preparing graduate students 1) to enter professional careers in technical writing and business communication; 2) to teach composition and professional communication in a variety of organizational contexts, including academic institutions and business and industry, and 3) to pursue doctoral studies in rhetoric, composition, and professional communication.
The major will meet these objectives by: (1) giving students a core curriculum in rhetoric, composition, and professional communication, and (2) providing students with additional background in a selected area of concentration in their thesis work.
Student Learning Goals
For those students seeking careers in rhetoric, composition, and technical communication, the program focuses on achieving five educational objectives. Specifically, with a masters degree in rhetoric, composition, and technical communication, our students will be able to:
Means of measuring whether students have met these objectives include: achievement on course papers and tests; familiarity with technology as shown in networked classrooms and on oral, written and visual assignments; submission of portfolios; performance during internships; and successful completion of a thesis or creative component.