MA in English: Rhetoric & Technical Communication Emphasis

About

The Rhetoric & Technical Communication Program provides students with theoretical and applied knowledge in academic, professional, and technical discourses. You’ll explore interrelationships between rhetoric and technical communication within social, technological, and cultural contexts. You’ll be prepared for a career in the public or private sector, as well as for further study in a doctoral program. This is an excellent option if you are looking to transition into a professional career, continue developing your rhetoric and writing skills, or develop your teaching skills in writing and technical communication.

For further information or questions, please contact Kate Crane at kcrane4@ewu.edu or 509.359.6542.


Apply Now

  1. Fill out the Graduate School application. You’ll be asked to:
    1. Submit official transcripts
    2. Pay the application fee
  2. Submit the following required materials to RTC Director Kate Crane, at kcrane4@ewu.edu or by fax at 509.359.6206:
    1. A personal application statement (800-1,000 words)
    2. A professional writing sample (10-15 pages)
    3. Two letters of reference
  3. If applicable, complete and send the Graduate Student Assistantship application and a letter of interest to the Department of English.

Application Due Dates

  • The Rhetoric and Technical Communication program accepts quarterly admission. However, to be considered for a Graduate Student Assistantship, you must submit all application materials (including GSA application and letter of interest) by March 1.
  • If you plan on applying for financial aid, we recommend submitting all application materials by February 15. 
  • Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information. Complete applications for quarterly admission are due in the Graduate Studies Office no fewer than three weeks before the start of classes for the intended enrollment term.

Curriculum & Requirements

English with an Emphasis in Rhetoric and Technical Communication (MA)

Kate Crane, Program Director
509.359.6542

Program Core
ENGL 511COMPOSITION PEDAGOGIES: THEORIES AND PRACTICES5
ENGL 520SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGN5
ENGL 564PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION5
ENGL 573HISTORY OF RHETORIC5
or ENGL 575 CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORIES
ENGL 600THESIS1-12
or ENGL 601 PROFESSIONAL ESSAY
or ENGL 590 PORTFOLIO CAPSTONE
Internship–students choose an internship appropriate to their discipline–as determined by the program director.5
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING COMPOSITION
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING LITERATURE
INTERNSHIP: TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
INTERNSHIP: PROFESSIONAL WRITING
INTERNSHIP: WRITER'S CENTER
Rhetoric and Technical Communication
ENGL 503INFORMATION DESIGN5
ENGL 568TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: PRACTICE, THEORY AND PEDAGOGY5
ENGL 573HISTORY OF RHETORIC (must differ from the rhetoric course taken to complete core requirements)5
or ENGL 575 CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORIES
Choose three from the following15
INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES
USABILITY
PROPOSAL WRITING
EDITING IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION
CONTENT MANAGEMENT
Total Credits60

Catalog Listing

Program Learning Outcomes

PLOs for the common core of classes:

  • apply a variety of rhetorical and theoretical approaches useful to critical analysis;
  • demonstrate ability to analyze, evaluate, synthesize and document library and internet sources in conducting research;
  • speak effectively in public forums with the complement of visual media.

PLOs for the Rhetoric and Technical Communication emphasis:

  • design rhetorically effective user-centered documents;
  • communicate complex information effectively to a variety of users;
  • identify instructional needs and design training and/or curriculum to effectively teach others.

Contact Us

For information regarding the MA in Rhetoric & Technical Communication please contact:

Kate Crane

Assistant Professor; RTC Program Director