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. Learn more about our student objectives here. Our course offerings and rotation are available here. You can also look at previous offerings (special topics, etc.) by clicking here and checking out at 5000- and 6000-level classes offered over time. You can learn more about faculty areas of expertise by browsing the Faculty page.
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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Resources for Ph.D. students
- PhD Handbook (pdf)
- PhD in Rhetoric Handbook for students admitted prior to fall 2009 (pdf)
- Advising for Graduate Students (pdf)
- Appointment of Ph.D. Committee form (pdf)
- Ph.D. in Rhetoric Qualifying Examination form (pdf)
- Justification for Independent Study form (pdf)
ESFL course rotation (pdf)
Shows planned course rotation through 2017
- Dissertation Defense form (pdf)
- Request for Admission to Candidacy form (pdf)
THECB 18 Doctoral Characteristics
- Graduate Student Assistantship Application (Word)
- ESFL Travel Grant form (.docx)
The Write Site
Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. More about “Sigma Tau Delta”...
The English and Rhetoric Graduate Student Organization has regular meetings to discuss issues affecting graduate students in the department. More about “ERGO”...
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