PhD Requirements

Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement

The PhD program in Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a broad background in rhetoric and writing studies while offering students opportunities to apply that knowledge in pedagogical, professional, and/or community spaces. According to their individual interests and goals, students can develop in-depth knowledge of community engagement, composition pedagogy, contemporary rhetorical theory, cultural rhetorics, digital rhetorics, multimodal composition, professional writing, rhetorics of science and medicine, technical communication, or writing program administration. We continuously encourage students to critique existing theories and practices, and to develop new disciplinary approaches of their own. Most importantly, the rhetoric concentrations aim to develop a community of researchers, teachers, writers, and administrators who support each other’s work, share ideas, and participate in shaping our program goals.

The Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement PhD requires 54 credits beyond the BA with no more than 27 credits earned at the master’s level, as described in the Graduate Student Handbook PhD Requirements.

Required Courses: (12 credits)

English 712, 713, and 750 may be taken twice with different topics with the second iteration counting toward the Core Courses or Electives.

  • 701: Writing Pedagogies
  • 712: Theories in Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement:
  • 713: Research Methods in Rhetorics, Literacies, and Community Engagement:
  • 750: History of Rhetoric and Writing Studies:

Select 24 credits from the list of Core Courses below:

No more than 6 credits may be from courses below the 700 level. Students may take up to 6 credits of English 749 and may take English 711, 755, 854, and 855 up to three times with different topics.

  • 427G: Writing for Nonprofits
  • 431G: Topics in Advanced Communications
  • 432G: The Rhetoric of Argument
  • 439G: Information Design
  • 443G: Grant Writing
  • 444G: Technical Editing
  • 633G: Seminar in Rhetoric and Professional Writing
  • 711: Topics in Public and Professional Writing:
  • 749: Advanced Internship in Writing and Community Engagement
  • 755: Issues in Writing Research:
  • 854: Seminar in College Writing Pedagogy:
  • 855: Seminar in Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement:

Electives: (18 Credits)

Students holding a master’s degree from other institutions, and some students who have an MA from UWM in other areas, must take the Academic Review within six weeks of completing 12 credit hours.

Although they will work with a number of professors, students choose a major professor who advises and supports them in their course of study, academic interests, and writing of the dissertation.

Associate Professor Rachel Bloom-Pojar
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