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Why Specialize? / Finding Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition / Top Ranked Programs / Timeline for Preparing for Graduate School / Top Journals / Recent Research / Careers for English Majors
What is Rhetoric and Composition?
Rhetoric and Composition or Comp/Rhet (as the field is often called) focuses on the ways writers compose texts, the effects of written compositions, and the rhetorical strategies of a wide range of texts. In addition to the topic of teaching writing, some Comp/Rhet subjects include:
Why Specialize in Rhetoric and Composition?
While the USC Upstate English degree (like most bachelor's degree programs) does not offer specialization in rhet/comp, if you are considering graduate school after graduation, you might consider specilizing in this area of English studies. Students who earn an M.A. or Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition may
According to a recent Modern Language Association (MLA) report, "Placement Outcomes for Modern Language PhDs," 72.2 percent of new Ph.D.s in Composition, Rhetoric, and Business and Technical Writing were hired into a tenure-track position immediately after graduation ("Placement Outcomes" 85). This is the best placement rate of any area in English studies.
Finding Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition
The academic journal Rhetoric Review (available in Academic Search Complete) compiles a survey of doctoral programs in rhetoric and composition. The University of Arizona has posted the 2007 survey here.
Top Ranked Graduate Departments in Rhetoric and Composition
The Doctoral Consortium in Rhetoric and Composition lists Ph.D.programs in Rhetoric and Composition. There is no formal graduate school ranking for Rhetoric and Composition programs at this time, but people within the field rank these programs highly:
Other Ph.D. programs include the University of Arizona, Ball State University (Indiana), University of Central Florida, East Carolina University, University of Florida, Georgia State University, Illinois State University, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland, University of Memphis, Miami University of Ohio, Michigan Tech University, University of Nevada-Reno, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Ohio University, University of Rhode Island, University of Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Utah, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Top Rhetoric and Composition Journals
Students interested in new directions in Rhetoric and Composition should look at current issues of the following journals:
Recent Research in Rhetoric and Composition
See the Southern Illinois University Press list of new titles in Rhetoric and Composition (http://www.siu.edu/~siupress/titles/s01_titles/rhetoric.htm) for examples of new research in the field.
Compiled by Dr. George H. Williams and Dr. Celena E. Kusch, Spring 2008. Updated 2012.
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