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 (18 courses) beyond the BA with no more than 27 credits earned at the master’s level, as described in the Graduate Student Handbook PhD Requirements.

Colloquium: (4-6 credits)

  • 705: Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement Colloquium

Core Courses: (12 Credits)

  • 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

Required Courses: (21 Credits, no more than 6 U/G)

  • 427: Writing for Nonprofits
  • 431: Topics in Advanced Communications
  • 432: The Rhetoric of Argument
  • 439: Information Design
  • 443: Grant Writing
  • 444: Technical Editing
  • 633: Capstone in Rhetoric and Professional Writing
  • 711: Topics in Public and Professional Writing (repeat 3x w/ topic change)
  • 755: Topics in Writing Research (repeat 3x w/ topic change)
  • 854: Seminar in Writing Pedagogies (repeat 3x w/ topic change)
  • 855: Seminar in Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement (repeat 3x w/ topic change)

Electives: (12 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.

Contact Person

Rachel Bloom-Pojar
Curtin 482