Graduate Composition & Rhetoric

Graduate Composition & Rhetoric
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

Graduate Course Offerings

Typically, doctoral students in rhetoric and composition design individual programs of study that draw on a full range of courses in English. Although there are no core or required courses at the Ph.D. level, the English department regularly offers a number of graduate courses in the area of composition and rhetoric, including:

  • Composition and Rhetorical Theory
  • Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of Women Writers
  • Literacy Issues and Community
  • Nebraska Writing Project
  • Composition Theory and Practice (available to newly appointed GTA’s only)
  • Seminar in Literacy Studies
  • Seminar in Rhetorical Theory
  • The Nebraska Literacy Project

In addition to these regularly offered courses, the department offers special-topics seminars. In recent years, the department has offered the following special-topics seminars related to composition and rhetoric:

  • Pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching
  • Survey of the History of Rhetoric
  • The Politics of Literacy
  • Rhetoric and Representation
  • Rhetoric of Professional Discourses, Communities, and Identities
  • Rhetoric and the Body
  • Rhetorics and Poetics

Composition and Rhetoric Advising Documents

Our graduate program offers a generalist M.A. and an individually-tailored Ph.D. program. There are no core or required courses at the Ph.D. level. Ph.D. 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.

AdmissionsPhD Advising DocumentPhD Timelines