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Rhetoric & Composition

The Georgia State University Department of English’s Rhetoric & Composition Program offers the MA and PhD and allows students to gain expertise in academic areas increasingly in high demand in a wide range of scholarly and professional careers.

Within our comprehensive curriculum, students can combine areas of interest across historical periods, current composition studies, rhetorical theory, visual and digital rhetoric, technical communication, advanced academic writing, language studies, writing center studies, writing program administration, and professional writing. No other university in Georgia offers these comprehensive undergraduate and graduate academic programs in rhetoric and composition.

Our students study history and theory as well as contemporary approaches to writing in both academic and non-academic settings, they learn how to use new digital publication and information technologies, and they acquire valuable software skills that make them attractive to prospective employers. We provide opportunities for graduate internships with our departmental publications, nonprofits, and other Atlanta-based organizations, and mentoring and training in the teaching of writing and writing program administration.

We’ve graduated hundreds of MA and PhD students over the past 20 years who consistently find work in academia, professional/technical writing, and academic administration. All of our recent MA and PhD students have found full-time employment including tenure-track academic and administrative positions at a wide range of national and international colleges and universities, including the University of Arizona, the University of Mississippi, East Carolina University, Lander College, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston University, Boston College, Rollins College, and the University of Sydney, as well as Georgia institutions including Spelman College, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Tech University, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, and Dalton State College. Additionally, many of our alumni are employed outside traditional academia in technical and professional communication positions.

Our faculty includes Beth Burmester, Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Baotong Gu, Michael Harker, Mary Hocks, Ashley Holmes, Elizabeth Lopez, Ben Miller, Robin Wharton, and George Pullman. With ten specialized faculty members in rhetoric, composition, and technical communication, we have the largest Rhetoric & Composition program in the Southeast—and more rhetoric, composition, technical communication and language studies faculty than most nationally recognized programs. Every member of our faculty is recognized for scholarship, teaching excellence, and national service.

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