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Master's Program in Composition and Rhetoric|Department of English

The English Master's Program in Composition and Rhetoric

Historically, the composition and rhetoric track of the M.A. in English program at the University of Wyoming has been varied but characterized by an interdisciplinary emphasis on pedagogy within the context of a generalist M.A. that included significant coursework in literary studies.

Students in the composition and rhetoric track have taken a range of courses both inside and outside the English Department. Within the department, students have taken courses in technical/professional communication, computers and composition, and the rhetoric of popular culture, in addition to the foundational course in composition theory and pedagogy. Key offerings outside the department have included courses in media theory, sociology, American studies, educational theory, and rhetorical theory, among others.

Recent thesis projects completed by students in the rhetoric and composition track reflect this interdisciplinary spirit. For example, one graduate who has gone on to teach at the university level worked with scholars across campus in his thesis, which elaborated a "pedagogy of exchange" and sought to reframe a relationship between the academy and the marketplace. Another graduate worked with interdisciplinary media scholars to theorize a role for wiki technology within contemporary composition instruction.

As part of the English department's larger conversation about graduate study in English and the kinds of programmatic offerings that will best support students' ambitions and professional objectives, we are currently envisioning a program that emphasizes writing in public and professional environments. Proposed tracks include:

  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Writing in Digital Spaces
  • Writing for Government and Non-Profits

We imagine this program and these tracks to continue to embrace and expand upon the interdisciplinary history from which the track has emerged. In addition to those programs mentioned above, we hope to forge stronger ties with other programs and departments on campus, including business administration, women's studies, and policy studies.

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