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Rhetoric and Literary Studies

The graduate certificate in Rhetoric and Literary Studies prepares those who already have a BA in English and need advanced expertise to teach composition and literature at a higher education institution. The program also allows students to explore particular fields in greater depth, test aptitude for graduate school, and even take steps towards an MA in English or education.

The program focuses on key expertise that forms a well-rounded teacher in an English program:

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Creative writing
  • Linguistics

The curriculum invites a deep examination into the texts, contexts, and theories of language, literature, and writing. Students gain a better sense of the field and contribute their own scholarly voice to the conversation. They become close readers, critical thinkers, and creative and insightful writers.


Graduate Certificate

 Program Requirements

Application Process

Submit the Graduate Application

Applications for the Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition are accepted throughout the year. Please use the following checklist to assist in the completion of your application: Graduate Certificate Checklist: Rhetoric and Literary Studies.