Texas State University Logo

Online Resources

Join the Conversation

adjust type sizemake font smallermake font largerreset font size

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements
The Master of Arts in English with a major in Rhetoric and Composition is a 33-hour degree program. All students take 12 hours of core courses in rhetoric and composition, 9-12 hours of prescribed electives in rhetoric and composition, 6 additional hours in rhetoric and composition or a related cognate area (technical communication, for example). To complete the program, students write a thesis (6 hours over two semesters) or produce a portfolio and take a written comprehensive exam (3 hours during one semester). The following is a breakdown of required, prescribed, cognate, and thesis or portfolio requirements and hours:
Required Core Courses (12 hour)
________  ENG 5316: Topic—Composition Pedagogy (offered every spring)
________  ENG 5326: Composition Theory (offered every spring)
________  ENG 5327: Research Methods (offered every fall)
________  ENG 5383: Rhetorical Theory (offered every fall
Prescribed Elective Courses in Rhetoric and Composition (9-12 Hours) 
Thesis students will take 9 prescribed electives; portfolio/written comprehensive exam students will take 12 hours of prescribed electives. 
_______  ENG 5300 Problems in a Multicultural Environment
_______  ENG 5310 Studies in English Language and Linguistics
_______  ENG 5313 Topic: Computers and Writing
_______  ENG 5313 Topic: Visual Rhetoric
_______  ENG 5314 Topic: Teaching Technical Communication
_______  ENG 5316 Foundations in Rhetoric and Composition (topics vary) (excludes ENG 5316 Topic: Composition Pedagogy) (repeatable for up to 9 hours of credit)
_______  ENG 5317 Specializations in Rhetoric and Composition (topics vary) (repeatable for up to 9 hours of credit)
Additional Electives in Rhetoric and Composition or Cognate Area (6 hours)
_______  Course number and title
_______  Course number and title
Thesis (6 hours) OR Portfolio (3 hours)
_______  ENG 5399 Thesis A (Prerequisite: 18 hours) AND
_______  ENG 5399 Thesis B (Prerequisite: Thesis A)
_______  ENG 5328 Directed Portfolio