What to expect
We offer a range of face-to-face, online, and hybrid graduate courses in literature, pedagogy, writing, and rhetoric to allow our working, commuting, and parenting students the opportunity to balance rigorous academic course work with their busy lives. Our face-to-face graduate courses are offered one day per week, typically in late afternoon or evening. While our online offerings provide important flexibility for graduate students, the program is not intended to be a fully-online program and cannot be completed through online classes only. Although we are a woman’s focused university, we do admit male students, and our graduate population generally includes men. Our program collaborates closely with the Women’s Studies (WS) department at TWU and offers a number of cross-listed courses. As a result, we also share students. WS students often also earn an MA in English, while our MA students can earn credit towards their degrees or towards the Certificate in WS.
Recent courses have focused on Disability Rhetoric, Digital Rhetoric, Visual Rhetoric, The Harlem Renaissance, The American Short Story, Southern Literature, Faulkner, Poetry, Studies in Folklore, Realism and Naturalism, The Booker Prize, Allegory in Old and Middle English, Virginia Woolf, Post-Colonial Literature, Foucault, Bakhtin, and Rhetorical Figures. Upcoming topics include Call and Response: Slave Narratives and Neo-Slave Narratives, Narrative, Grant Writing, Literacy, Burke, and Documentary Film.
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Opportunities for Professional Development
Our individual mentoring of students, range of leadership opportunities, small size, and varied course delivery methods set our PhD program apart. Our graduate students who receive graduate assistantships work in a variety of capacities: as tutors in our campus writing center, The Write Site; as course assistants for tenure-track faculty members teaching everything from first-year writing to professional writing to literature and theory courses; and as teachers of record in their own first-year writing courses or literature courses. We have regular professional development meetings for our first-year writing teachers and provide the support and mentoring that students need as they transition to presenting and publishing their own scholarship. We make a conscious effort to support that very important transition from student to professional colleague.
Technology is integral to our program. We provide students with courses in online pedagogy. Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) serve as teachers of record in computer labs and in hybrid and fully online courses. GTAs can also receive formal (paid) training in a month-long university online teaching development program.
Whom We Serve
The curriculum prepares students to lead fulfilling lives as teachers, leaders in their academic departments (often directing writing programs), and researchers within the fields of rhetoric and literature by cultivating their proficiency in discourse analysis, communicative studies, writing, and research. While the program largely serves the needs of aspiring future post-secondary teachers, students prepare to contribute professionally in fields as diverse as writing and editing, government, and business.
The following guidelines and requirements are related to admission to the Ph.D. in Rhetoric program. More about “Ph.D. in Rhetoric Admissions Requirements”...
All students for whom an English proficiency test is required must meet the following minimum criteria. More about “International Student Admission Requirement”...
The following guidelines and requirements are related to the Ph.D. in Rhetoric program. More about “Ph.D. in Rhetoric Guidelines and Curriculum”...
Research Tools are part of the requirements for the Ph.D. in Rhetoric degree. Ph.D. candidates can choose from the following options. More about “Ph.D. in Rhetoric Research Tools Requirement”...
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Organizations are available to support graduate students at TWU. More about “Graduate Student Organizations”...
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