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PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics


In the Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics Concentration, students develop their particular interests and research agendas in the history of rhetoric, rhetorical and writing theory, critical theory, composition research and pedagogy, literacy studies, technical communication, applied linguistics, and second language acquisition.

The program encourages interdisciplinary perspectives that make connections with other areas of English studies (period and genre studies, feminist criticism, literary theory, literacy studies) and other disciplines (legal studies, education, classics, political science, performance theory, philosophy, history, and sociology). Candidates are credentialed through an examination process that grounds them in their respective fields and develops their particular specializations.

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