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Our English degrees provide students with strong writing skills, and a background in critical analysis, the structure of language, and literary history.
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA 99004
Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric and Technical Communication)
This program provides students with theoretical and applied knowledge in academic, professional, and technical discourses. Students explore interrelationships between rhetoric and technical communication within social, technological, and cultural contexts to prepare for careers in public and private sectors, as well as further study in doctoral programs.
Students complete core courses in rhetoric, research, and technical communication. The program curriculum can include studies in the theory and practice of information design, genre, usability, and discourse analysis. As part of this program, students examine contemporary issues surrounding literacy, technology, and pedagogical practices in teaching of writing. They become acquainted with the major issues, conflicts, and trends in professional communication. And they investigate the ways to effectively apply theoretical concepts to professional communication in both organizational and academic contexts.
As part of their program of study students complete either a thesis or professional essay, write a comprehensive exam, and may opt to complete an internship in instruction or professional writing.
RTC graduate career opportunities include the following:
- Professional writing (industry, government and non-profits)
- Graphic communication
- Proposal writing
- Software documentation
- Web design
- Public relations
- Teaching and training
What will I study?
M.A. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Technical Communication is designed to prepare students to find employment in other industries, including architectural and engineering services, management and technical consulting services, scientific research and development, aerospace products and parts manufacturing and electronic instrument manufacturing. The M.A. also prepares students for further academic study.
For current information about program requirements, please see current EWU Catalog.
Course Requirements and Credit Hours (50 credits)
ENGL 459 Grammar for Teachers
or ENGL 560 Modern Grammar (5)
ENGL 503 Information Design (5)
ENGL 504 Software Documentation (5)
ENGL 507 Proposal Writing (5)
ENGL 509 Editing in Technical Communication (5)
ENGL 520 Research Design (5)
ENGL 568 Technical Communication: Practice, Theory and Pedagogy (3)
ENGL 573 History of Rhetoric (5)
ENGL 575 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (5)
ENGL 577 Seminar in Professional Preparation (2)
ENGL 600 Thesis (5)
or ENGL 601 Professional Essay (5)
Approved Electives Courses (10)
ENGL 511 The Composing Curriculum (5)
or other elective courses chosen in consultation with and approved by a program advisor.
ENGL 697 Professional Writing Internship (5)
ENGL 698 Internship in Instruction (5)