Boise State University’s Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Composition (M.A.) is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in both rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy, while also preparing graduates for careers in teaching and as writing specialists. Home to one of the largest writing studies faculties in the Northwest, the M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition is well-equipped to provide students with advanced skills in research, analysis, and both presentation-written and spoken-of language and ideas.
Beginning in Fall 2016, the MA in English, Rhetoric and Composition program will offer graduate students new ways to study writing at Boise State. The new, updated curriculum will broaden the degree to not only prepare graduates to be writing instructors, but writing specialists as well. The new coursework will provide a richer framework for understanding what it means to be a professional in the field of rhetoric and composition, whether that means pursuing doctoral study or professional writing. Students will learn how to use their rhetorical knowledge in a range of professional settings, including nonprofits, businesses, advocacy organizations, and government.
The refreshed curriculum allows students to pursue coursework in professional writing, including web design, writing for social media, and grant writing. The flexibility of the new M.A. in English, Rhetoric and Composition addresses the fluidity of writing and composition as a field while simultaneously offering more opportunities to students. With ten specialized faculty members, students are able to work closely with professors to develop engaging projects and become active practitioners in a range of genres.
To learn more about the Master of Arts in English, Rhetoric and Composition, click here or contact Dr. Tom Hillard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Core Courses (12 cr.)
- English 555 Writing in Rhetoric and Composition Studies
- English 554 Methods for Research in Writing and Rhetoric
- English 561 Composition Theory and Practice
- English 562 Theories of Rhetoric
Writing and Rhetoric Electives (6 cr.)
- English 545 Contemporary Issues and Institutional Contexts in Rhetoric/Composition
- English 502 Teaching Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction Writing
- English 511 Rhetorical Theory for Workplace Writers
- English 513 Technical Editing
- English 515 Visual Rhetoric and Information Design
- English 524 Creation Nonfiction Writing Workshop
- English 534 Form and Theory of Creative Nonfiction
- English 536 Proposal Development
- English 537 Writing for Social Media and Online Communities
Writing Teaching and Learning Electives (6 cr.)
- English 540 Issues in Writing Teaching and Learning
- English 501 Teaching Writing
- English 503 Writing Center Pedagogy and Administration
- English 567 Grammar and the Teaching of Writing: Theory and Practice
- English 582 Selected Topics in Teaching English Language Arts
- English 592 Practicum/Internship
- English 598 Seminar for Teaching Assistants
English Electives (6 cr.)
Culminating Activity: Thesis, Project, Portfolio