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PhD in Rhetoric and Composition

Program Overview

Course Requirements for the Ph.D. program in rhetoric and composition (as of Fall 2012)

Students must complete for credit a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate courses hours exclusive of 12 credit hours for the dissertation. Post-graduate hours completed more than seven years prior to a student’s admission into TCU’s graduate program in rhetoric and composition may not count toward requirements; the graduate adviser will determine applicable credit on a case-by-case basis.

Of the 54 hours, at least 36 must be taken at TCU. Students must take nine hours in foundations to the profession and remaining hours in electives, as outlined below.

I. Foundations to the profession (9 hours):  Students must complete nine hours in coursework that addresses each of the three areas listed below.

  • Three (3) hours in ENGL 60513 — Teaching College Composition
  • Three (3) hours in ENGL 60113 — Introduction to Graduate Studies and the Profession of English
  • Three (3) hours in ENGL 60723 — Research Practices in Composition and Rhetoric

II. Electives (27 hours): Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours in coursework that addresses at least four of the six areas listed below. Although each three-hour seminar typically addresses two of the following areas, students will receive credit for only one area per course.

  • Rhetoric and culture
  • Composition and literacy
  • Pedagogy
  • Digital humanities and multimedia
  • Textual/scholarly production
  • Theory

Students should select their additional coursework based on intended area(s) of specialization, in consultation with the director of graduate studies.


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Consult the Graduate Catalog and our Admissions page for more details about the program. For questions not covered in these pages, email Dr. Daniel Juan Gil, Director of Graduate Studies, at