Areas of Emphasis
Our graduate program houses two degrees: the Master of Arts in Technical Communication, and the PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric. We emphasize:
- Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology. The art, history, and theory of persuasion, argumentation, and expression and how such activities are applied and taught.
- Technical Communication. Theory, history, practice, teaching, and management of workplace communication, including the genres of reports, manuals, and proposals, and the skills of document design, style, and editing in a variety of media.
- Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare. Consideration of discourse and communication within scientific, technical, and medical fields.
- Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric. History, theory, and analysis of tools, techniques, and various cultural factors (feminism, ethics, intercultural analysis) in the production and reception of discourse.
- Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design. Analysis, theory, and production of non- or extra-textual aspects of communication and discourse.