Master of Arts in English Program in Composition and Rhetoric
The Composition, Rhetoric, and Literature Program welcomes you to explore the many issues, approaches, and theories that constitute the study of language as it exists in social, cultural, educational, professional, and literary contexts. At its heart, composition and rhetoric is about the intersections of language and power and the impact that language practices have on both personal and structural levels. Composition & Rhetoric at Kansas State therefore values interdisciplinary approaches and encourages graduate students to promote action and change. This program is designed to provide students with a broad background in rhetoric and composition theory, professional and technical writing, and literature. Students can also design an individual program with special emphasis in technical writing, rhetorical theory, or teaching.
Classes in the Composition, Rhetoric and Literature Program focus on language and culture, language and power, rhetorical theory, current trends in composition and rhetoric, linguistics, and technical communication. The program is constituted by these following classes:
ENGL 753. Theories in Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 755. Topics in Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 757. Studies in Language and Linguistics
ENGL 759. Studies in Technical Communication
ENGL 840. Seminar in Composition and Rhetoric
Prospective students may apply online. For more information, you can contact the Director of Graduate Studies:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
108 E/CS Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6501
Office Telephone: (785) 532-6716
FAX: (785) 532-2192
Online Application: http://www.k-state.edu/grad/gsprospective/apply/
What financial support is available?
Most students accepted to the program are eligible to receive financial assistance in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships. For more information about financial aid, go to the Graduate Studies page.
Cydney Alexis (Ph.D., Wisconsin). Interests include the material culture of writing, writing identity, writing center administration, visual rhetoric & digital technologies. Her work appears in the edited collections Rhetoric, through Everyday Things and Rhetorics of Names and Naming.
Abby Knoblauch (Ph.D., New Hampshire). Interests include feminist rhetorical theories, and embodied rhetorics, fat rhetorics, SRTOL and linguistic equality, and pedagogy. Her work has appeared in CCC, Composition Studies, and edited collections.
Mary Kohn (Ph.D., North Carolina-Chapel Hill). Interests include sociophonetics with a focus on language variation, adolescence, and ethnicity. Her book on adolescent life-span change was published in 2015 through Duke University Press.
Phillip P. Marzluf (Ph.D., Oklahoma). Interests include composition and rhetoric as well as literacy studies. His research has appeared in the Community Literacy Journal, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, and other journals.
Kara Northway (Ph.D., Kansas). Interests include writing center theory, administration, and pedagogy, as well as Shakespeare and early modern manuscript culture. She has published essays on the relationship between tutoring and teaching, violence in early modern drama, and amateur Renaissance dramatists. She is currently at work on an article on the effect of writing center sessions on a student's writerly identity.
Han Yu (Ph.D., Illinois State). Interests include scientific and technical communication, intercultural/international technical communication, and writing assessment. Her work has appeared in Technical Communication, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and Business Communication Quarterly. Han has worked as an editor for State Farm Insurance, as a technical writer for the Laboratory for Integrated Learning and Technologies at Illinois State University, and as an editor and translator for New Oriental Publishing Group in Beijing. She has received a number of grants and awards for her research and teaching.
Graduates of the Language, Composition, and Rhetoric track often go on to:
- Teach Writing, Literature, and/or Technical Communication
- Ph.D. programs in English or Linguistics
- Work as technical and professional writers
- Work in publishing or editing
- Work at non-profit organizations
Director, Program in Language, Rhetoric and Composition