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

Required 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

Core Courses: Select 24 credits from the list below (no more than 6 credits from courses below the 700 level)

  • 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 (may repeat 3x with topic change)
  • 749: Advanced Internship in Writing and Community Engagement (can take up to 6 credits)
  • 755: Topics in Writing Research (may repeat 3x with topic change)
  • 854: Seminar in College Writing Pedagogy (may repeat 3x with topic change)
  • 855: Seminar in Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement (may repeat 3x with topic change)

Electives: (15 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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