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Students complete 12 courses (48 credits) to graduate from the MA in WRD program. Program requirements vary based on whether or not the student declares a concentration.
Required Course (4 credits)
|WRD 500||PROSEMINAR (To be taken within the first 4 courses of the program)||4|
Rhetoric and Discourse Courses (12 credits)
|DISCOURSE AND STYLE|
|GENRE THEORY AND PRACTICE|
|TOPICS IN RHETORICAL HISTORY|
|TOPICS IN COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND IDENTITY|
|TOPICS IN LANGUAGE|
Optional Concentrations (16 credits)
Professional & Digital Writing
|WRITING IN THE PROFESSIONS|
|WRITING FOR THE WEB|
|GRANT AND PROPOSAL WRITING|
|TOPICS IN PROFESSIONAL AND DIGITAL WRITING|
|WRITING ACROSS MEDIA|
|MARKUP AND TEXT ENCODING IN THE HUMANITIES|
|INTERNSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL AND DIGITAL WRITING|
Teaching Writing & Language
|TEACHING ESL WRITING|
|TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE|
|TEACHING WRITING ONLINE|
|AP INSTITUTE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION|
|TOPICS IN TEACHING WRITING AND LANGUAGE|
|TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP PRACTICUM|
|WRITING CENTER THEORY AND PEDAGOGY|
|INTERNSHIP IN TEACHING WRITING AND LANGUAGE|
Electives (8-32 credits)
- Students who declare a concentration take four elective courses (16 credits); students who do not declare a concentration take eight elective courses (32 credits).
- All 500-level WRD courses count for elective credit.
- Students who have completed six MA in WRD courses may take up to two courses outside of the MA in WRD for elective credit; the WRD Graduate Committee must approve any course a student wishes to take outside of the department.
All students will keep a portfolio of significant work done for courses. This work will be curated and submitted as a portfolio at both the midpoint of the program and at its culminating point.
After completing the sixth course but before taking the ninth course, all students must submit a portfolio to their advisor and meet with this advisor to discuss both the portfolio and their future plans in the program. The Mid-Program Portfolio must be submitted, discussed with a student’s advisor, and approved before the student can register for their ninth course in the program.
In the final quarter of coursework, all students must submit a Professional Portfolio and reflective synopsis. The portfolio will be evaluated by the WRD Graduate Committee as “Pass” or “Fail.” A Professional Portfolio that does not initially earn a score of “Pass” must be revised until it does so.
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