Graduate Composition & Rhetoric

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Graduate Composition & Rhetoric

Graduate work in Composition and Rhetoric at UNL prepares teacher-scholars as active contributors to their school, disciplinary, and community settings. We provide students a rich understanding of both historical and contemporary questions, issues, and ideals that shape the field of Composition and Rhetoric.  From this exploration, we offer students support and guidance in determining their own lines of scholarly inquiry and pedagogical commitments, which, in turn, contribute to the field’s knowledge.

UNL's Composition and Rhetoric program identifies the graduate seminar classroom as one among many sites of important scholarly work.  Equally important are the many ways teacher-scholars collaborate on research projects, teaching and curriculum design, program administration and development, and outreach to the communities surrounding UNL.

Core Areas of Inquiry

Composition and Rhetoric Advising Documents

Our graduate program offers a generalist MA and an individually-tailored PhD program. There are no core or required courses at the PhD level. PhD students design an individual program of study with faculty in their area(s) of interest. Our advising documents describe the program of study, language requirement, exam and dissertation process.

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