Graduate Certificate in
Rhetoric and Composition

Certificate Information

The Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition is a 12-semester-credit-hour concentration available to degree-seeking students who have been admitted to any UTSA graduate program, as well as special graduate students who meet all the requirements outlined in the UTSA Graduate Catalog.

The Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition offers coursework in advanced, interdisciplinary study of language and language instruction, encompassing theoretical, applied, and pedagogical aspects of discourse. This certificate is designed for graduate students interested in working at the masters or doctoral level in rhetoric and composition and will be particularly valuable for doctoral students focusing on one of the two areas of emphasis in the Ph.D. in English program, Rhetoric and Composition. This certificate will also enhance students’ employment credentials as college and university writing instructors or professional writers in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings. This certificate offers further professional development at the graduate level for teachers already teaching English Language Arts at the high school level.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition comprise of 12 semester credit hours (SCH), including three (3) hours of ENG 5133 (Development of Rhetoric and Composition) and an additional nine (9) hours chosen from the following: ENG 5183 (Theory and Practice of Teaching Composition), ENG 6023 (Rhetoric and Composition: Texts and Contexts), ENG 6033 (Language and Linguistics), and ENG 7133 (Supervised Teaching in English). Courses may be repeated when topics vary but not more than six (6) hours of any one course may be applied to the certificate. No course in which a grade lower than “B” is earned may be used to complete a Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition. In order to receive this certificate, students must maintain a 3.0 average G.P.A. in the above courses.

Individuals interested in the Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition should contact the Graduate Office of the Department of English.

For complete information and requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition, please visit the UTSA Graduate School page.

Procedures and Program Contacts

Individuals interested in the Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition should contact Dr. Sue Hum.

Faculty

Dr. Sue Hum, Associate Professor

Ph.D., Texas Christian University, 1994, English
Composition and rhetorical theory and pedagogy, literacy and digital technology, race and gender, visual rhetoric

Dr. Linda Woodson, Professor

Ph.D., Texas Christian University, 1977, English
Rhetorical theory, writing studies, literature of Texas and the Southwest

Dr. Crystal Colombini, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2012, English
Rhetorical theory and literacies; rhetorics of economics and risk; writing assessment; linguistics

Dr. Sonja Lanehart, Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995, English
Sociolinguistics, language and literacy in the African American community, language and identity, English language variation and standardization

Dr. Bridget Drinka, Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1990, Linguistics
History of English, principles of linguistics, historical and sociolinguistics, linguistic methods of analyzing literature


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