Jun 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, M.A., Rhetoric and Composition Concentration


Information about the rhetoric and composition program is available at sites.gsu.edu/rhetcomp/.

Candidates for the M.A. with concentration in rhetoric and composition may choose either the thesis or independent study track.

Degree Requirements


Thesis Track


This track requires completion of a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework (10 courses), plus at least 6 hours of thesis research credit, and a substantial (40-60 pages excluding notes and reference material) academic paper or a digital media project approved by a thesis committee consisting of a director and two other faculty members.

Coursework


In the interests of facilitating broad historical and disciplinary coverage across the areas of rhetoric, composition, professional writing, and technical communication, the following courses are required:
2. Three Hours in Research Methods from the Following

3. Twelve Additional Hours

  • Twelve additional hours of rhetoric and composition courses and strongly related courses
4. Six Hours of Electives

(may be taken in any related fields of study in English or in other departments, with approval of advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies)

5. At Least Six Hours of

6. Graduate Assistants

Graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each for the fall/spring semesters and 9 credit hours for the summer semester. These credit hours will consist of courses required for the prescribed program of study, as well as additional hours of thesis research and non-thesis individual research.

Thesis


Thesis research may involve digital and workplace projects as well as textual studies, and the thesis can be a substantial (40-60 pages) academic paper or a digital project with approval of the director. The proposal for thesis research must be submitted and approved by the student’s committee the semester prior to writing the thesis.

Graduate Research Skill Requirement


Candidates for the M.A. with an emphasis in rhetoric, composition, and technical and professional writing are expected to fulfill the graduate research requirement or to have received a grade of B or higher in either of the following course sets:

Independent Study Track


This track requires completion of a minimum of 27 hours of graduate coursework (9 courses), plus three hours of ENGL 8950  , and an Independent Study Project (20-25 pages excluding notes and reference material) approved by a committee as described below. Completion of an internship as substitute for 3 to 6 hours of required coursework is strongly recommended.

Coursework


3. Directed Reading

Three hours Directed Reading in the area of specialization in which Independent Study Project is to be written.

4. Electives

Six hours electives (may be taken in related fields of study in English or in other departments, with approval of advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies) and/or Internship(s) (register for ENGL 8920 for graduate internships).

5. Capstone Course

6. Graduate Assistants

Graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each for the fall/spring semesters and 9 credit hours for the summer semester. These credit hours will consist of courses required for the prescribed program of study, as well as additional hours of thesis research and non-thesis individual research.

Independent Study Project:


This project may involve digital and workplace projects as well as textual studies, and can be either a substantial (20-25 pages) academic paper or equivalent digital project. In any event, the Independent Study Project must originate as a text/assignment within one of the courses taken by the student toward completion of the degree, and the Project Advisor will be the professor who taught the course in which the text/assignment originated. As per College of Arts and Sciences requirements, the Independent Study Project must also be read by two other faculty members in the department, at least one of whom, in addition to the Project Advisor, must approve the project by the appropriate College deadline for graduation. Readers of the Project are to be selected by the student in consultation with his/her Advisor. Students completing the Independent Study Project must register for ENGL 8950   in the same semester.

Graduate Research Skill Requirement


Candidates for the M.A. with an emphasis in rhetoric, composition, and technical and professional writing are expected to fulfill the graduate research requirement or to have received a grade of B or higher in either of the following course sets: