Rhetoric & Composition Emphasis

Rhetoric 170The Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis offers a range of coursework in Rhetorical and Critical Theory, and Composition and Pedagogy. The Emphasis offers innovative classes on topics including Rhetoric and the Media, The Confession, and Nothing. Intensive work with Faculty in our small department is encouraged, and Independent Studies on special topics may be arranged.

Degree Requirements:

Ten courses are required for the M.A. in English with a Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis.
You also must submit a Capstone Portfolio Project.

  • Courses are 5000 and 6000-level.
  • 5000 courses may have advanced undergraduates and cap at 25.
  • 6000 courses are seminars for graduate students only and cap at 15.
  • At least four courses for the M.A. must be 6000-level classes.


You must take:

  • Critical Methodology (1)*
  • Contemporary Critical Theory (1)
  • Major Writer / Seminar in a Genre or Literary Period (1)
  • Literature and Theory Electives (3)
  • Rhetoric/Composition Theory and Practice (3)
  • Linguistics or Reading Theory (1)
  • At least 2 of the elective courses should be literature or cross-listed as literature.


The normal time it takes to complete the degree is two years.

* This course must be taken in the first semester of study.

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Pictured above: M. T. Cicero's Cato Major, or His Discourse of Old-Age, Printed and sold by Benjamin Franklin, First American Edition, 1744. Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, LMU. Gift of T. Marie Chilton.