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MA in Rhetoric & Composition


Welcome to the website for the MA major in Rhetoric and Composition! We invite you to explore our program and the opportunities it offers for advanced study in writing and the teaching of writing, including such exciting areas as minority rhetorics, digital literacies, writing theory and practice, history of rhetoric, gender and language, political rhetoric, writing centers, and more.  

If you're a prospective student, you'll find information here about admission and degree requirements, our faculty, and our students. Current students will find updated information about current and future course offerings, program announcements, and faculty and student accomplishments.

We invite you to see what we have to offer!

MA Rhetoric and Composition Brochure (PDF)

MARC Workshops: Fall 2014

Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 4-5:30 pm—Dr. Nancy Wilson and Lexi McGee will be conducting a workshop on Applying to PhD Programs at the Writing Center.

MARC Social Events

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1pm—Dr. Eric Leake will be hosting a lunch at the Pie Society in San Marcos.


MARC student Shaun Ford has been awarded the Texas State Celebrity Classic Scholarship for 2014-2015.

MARC graduate Bree Henderson has been hired as a lead teacher at Premier High School in Austin, TX.

MARC graduate Lexi McGee was awarded the NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award.

MARC student Megan Boeshart successfully defended her thesis, "Female Gamers, Sylvanas Windrunner, and Sexism: Gender Politics in World of Warcraft."

MARC student Faith Thomas successfully defended her thesis, "Boobies, Booty Shorts, and Bar Trash: How to Spot a Feminist."

Dr. Octavio Pimentel has been named the faculty recipient of Texas State’s Excellence in Diversity Award.

MARC student Lexi McGee has committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio Ph.D. program in English with a Certification in Rhetoric and Composition. She has also been awarded a fellowship.

MARC student Shaun Ford has been awarded the Ralph and Francys Houston Scholarship and the Mary-Agnes Taylor Scholarship from the Texas State English Department. 

MARC student Cresta Bayley has been selected by the Department of English scholarship committee to receive a special award of $500 from the Thomas L. Brasher Memorial Endowed Scholarship.  



Dr. Rebecca Jackson's article (with Nicole Caswell and Jackie Grutsch McKinney) "A Glimpse into the Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors" appears in the fall issue of Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty 18.1 (Fall 2014): A3-A8. In College Composition and Communication 66.1 (September 2014). Print.


Conference Presentations

Dr. Rebecca Jackson will present "Text Affiliations, Program Strengths, and the (Re)Making of MA Writing Studies Identity" at the 2015 CCCC in Tampa, Fl. She will speak as part of a panel on MA Writing Studies programs titled "Masters of Risk: MA Writing Studies Programs as Sites of Innovation."

MARC student Jeffery Downs has been accepted to the 2014 International Writing Centers Association National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. He will be presenting his paper, "Writing Center to Faculty, a Path Worth Exploring".