Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes


Graduates demonstrate and articulate appropriate context knowledge in the field of Rhetoric & Composition.

  • Graduates can demonstrate and articulate familiarity with rhetorical theories and histories from the classical period to the present.
  • Graduates can demonstrate and articulate familiarity with the histories and major theories of composition studies from the 20th century to the present.
  • Graduates are able to sustain a scholarly discussion in at least one secondary area beyond the primary area of the dissertation.
  • Graduates can define key terms in the field using existing scholarship.

Graduates demonstrate facility with research methods common to the field, and conduct timely and relevant independent research projects.

  • Graduates are able to engage with a range of research methods and modalities common to Rhetoric & Composition, including empirical, textual, and theory work.
  • Graduates can demonstrate an advanced proficiency with, and understanding of, at least one major research method common to the field.
  • Graduates are able to construct an individual research project and to develop a research agenda that addresses and incorporates important and timely questions relevant to the field.

Graduates have well-established scholarly writing practices appropriate to our field.

  • Graduates can identify the leading professional journals, conferences, and membership organizations in Rhetoric & Composition.
  • Graduates can demonstrate the ability to work within the conventions of scholarly articles in the field.
  • Graduates can synthesize existing scholarship to create literature reviews offering new academic arguments and situating their own scholarship within ongoing conversations and larger contexts.
  • Graduates can produce effective and cohesive texts within controlled timeframes.

Graduates excel in teaching, curricular design, program administration, and program building and articulate these activities as intellectual work that can impact the field.

  • Graduates are adept at using pedagogy appropriate to teaching first-year writing and/or literature courses.
  • Graduates can develop creative course designs for upper-division writing curricula.
  • Graduates can effectively use web-based and electronic teaching tools and methods.
  • Supervised graduates can effectively engage in work common to administrative positions in Rhetoric & Composition (e.g., writing major, writing program, writing centers, technology labs, assessment, publicity, placement, etc.).
  • Graduates connect their supervised administrative experiences to current scholarship and trends in the field.