Specialization in Rhetoric

Lead Faculty: Dr. Christine Photinos

The Master of Arts in English with a Specialization in Rhetoric provides a program of graduate study in literature as well as a wide range of cultural production, from classical oration to contemporary cinema, with particular attention paid to how language and image are used to produce various effects and meanings. Students study literary texts and other cultural artifacts across a variety of media forms, developing readings that are grounded in contextual understanding. They complete course work in literary studies, classical and modern rhetoric, composition pedagogy, media studies, and film studies. The prescribed curriculum contains several variable-topic courses, allowing students to pursue broad program goals in topic areas matched to their individual interests. The program is appropriate for students seeking preparation for doctoral study or college-level teaching in English and related fields, or general cultural enrichment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce sustained textual analyses and interpretations that are informed by relevant published criticism.
  2. Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches to the understanding of specific texts.
  3. Produce rigorous critiques of the scholarly works of others.
  4. Analyze the processes of canon formation.
  5. Interrogate and synthesize key theories and practices within Composition Studies.
  6. Analyze how language and image are used to produce various effects and meanings across a variety of media forms.
  7. Produce a work of rhetorical criticism suitable for publication in a scholarly journal.


Specialization Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Students must select 4 of the 5 courses listed below
Core Requisite(s):