Rhetoric and Composition



At Florida State University we offer an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition and a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. Our graduate program focuses on rhetorical and social practices and theories of composition, particularly emphasizing the relationships between texts, technologies, language, and literacies. Our graduate program provides a solid foundation of general knowledge and practice with core courses in Rhetoric, Composition, and Research Methodologies. In addition, our program highlights the following distinctives:

  • An Emphasis on and Commitment to Diversity and Difference: We define diversity broadly to include differences in race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, language, (dis)ability, social class, and any other social aspect that are manifested in our course offerings, research areas, professional development, mentoring, and recruitment.
  • Collaboration, Cooperation, and Community: We—students and faculty—have published books, chapters, and articles together, presented at conferences together, edited collections and journals together, and written grants together. We value community, gathering regularly to support one another, celebrate each other's accomplishments, and develop professionally.
  • Writing Program Administration (WPA): Many faculty and students in our program have experience and a vested interest in WPA work (e.g., college composition, writing centers and digital studios, writing majors, and graduate programs). Our graduate students gain valuable professional experience and mentoring working as and with WPAs; we offer courses in in WPA work; and many faculty and students publish WPA scholarship.
  • Digital Composition and Digital Humanities: We also have scholarly interests and in digital composing and scholarship. With a course on digital convergence culture, two digital studios, a digital scholars reading group, and an interdisciplinary Digital Humanities program, we offer multiple ways to engage in digital scholarship, teaching, and composing. 
  • Mentoring and Professional Development: Graduate students in our program receive support, direction, and mentoring from the beginning of their program until often well beyond graduation. We regularly offer professional develop workshops and 1-hour courses on conference presentations, manuscript publication, institutional types and academic careers, ePortfolios, job preparation-placement, and so much more. Mentoring and professional development goes beyond the program, which is most easily seen in the relationships students form within the program that last well beyond it.

We invite you to explore these pages further to find out more about our rich community of scholars. Please contact the program or any of the faculty for more information.

Florida State University
405 Williams Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1580
Email: english-rhetcomp@fsu.edu
Phone: 850 644 4230
Fax: 850 644 0811
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