Graduate students at URI who specialize in Rhetoric & Composition comprise a diverse and close-knit community. New students can expect to meet friendly classmates and a supportive faculty when they arrive at URI. They will find a variety of challenging courses and many opportunities for professional development during their time in the program.
In an anonymous survey distributed last year as part of our self-study, current graduate students said the following:
As part of the same self-study, faculty had this to say about our graduate student community:
Consider joining our warm, professional community. We truly enjoy working together.
If you do, all students in the concentration must take courses in rhetorical theory, critical pedagogy, contemporary approaches to writing and rhetoric, and research methods. We encourage our graduate students to take relevant graduate courses in other departments, particularly English, Communication Studies, Education, and Library & Information Sciences. Beyond coursework, students may take part in a variety of opportunities as preparation for professional work in the field of Rhetoric & Composition, including teaching in our advanced undergraduate curriculum, tutoring in the writing center, assisting with our administrative responsibilities, or collaborating on research projects with faculty and undergraduate students.
M.A. students who specialize in Rhetoric & Composition may be most interested in teaching writing at the secondary or college level or may intend to pursue a Ph.D. at another institution. Students complete a portfolio thesis upon graduation (WRT 599), focusing on questions of rhetorical theory, research on writing, writing instruction, and/or other related issues that arise in their coursework.
Ph.D. students who specialize in Rhetoric & Composition write dissertations in the field and are introduced to the profession through a variety of course assignments and extra-curricular opportunities. Doctoral students should expect to sit for their comprehensive exams after two years of coursework, and then begin work on their proposal and dissertation research immediately thereafter (see our flowchart).