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Composition and Rhetoric FAQ|Department of English

MA Program in Composition and Rhetoric Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an MA in English Literature and an MA in Composition and Rhetoric?
While the MA in Composition and Rhetoric involves many of the same requirements as an MA in Literature, the Composition/Rhetoric program features an emphasis in interdisciplinary pedagogy and a focus on exploring varied ways of making meaning and learning to help others do the same.

What can I do with a Masters in Composition and Rhetoric?
In itself, the MA in Composition/Rhetoric is excellent preparation for a career as head of a writing center, instructor at a community college, corporate writer or any number of other fields. It is also provides a solid foundation for further graduate work in English studies.

What are the requirements for completion of the degree?
In order to be awarded the degree, students must complete 26 hours of course work, a reading list oral exam and a thesis. Click here for more information.

How long does the program take to complete?
The length of time the individual student takes to complete the MA degree varies depending on factors such as whether or not the student takes classes full-time, but on average the MA in Composition and Rhetoric takes two years (four semesters) to complete. Typically students take 9-10 credit hours per semester, but this can vary considerably.

What kinds of course do Composition/Rhetoric MA students typically take?
Within the department students have taken courses in composition theory and pedagogy, technology and pedagogy, technical/professional communication and rhetoric. For example, recent semesters have featured courses on the rhetoric of the body, Disney discourse, and the video game as composition. Outside of the department, students have taken courses in international studies, media theory, sociology, American studies and educational theory, among others.

What kind of funding is available?
Graduate Assistantships teaching freshman composition are available on a competitive basis (prospective students must submit a separate application) which offer a tuition waiver, stipend and student medical insurance. The English Department also has a fund for travel and research for which its graduate students are eligible, as well as other departmental and Arts and Sciences scholarships. For further information on scholarships and financial aid available for graduate students please visit the University of Wyoming's Graduate Student Financial Assistance information page available online through Graduate Education.

Where can I find more information on the English graduate program and application requirements?
Please go to the English MA main page here.

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