Rhetoric & Professional Writing

UTC’s B.A. and M.A. concentrations in Rhetorical and Professional Writing (RPW) call upon students to apply critical and rhetorical skills to a wide range of academic, professional, and public settings. Our courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, visual rhetoric, argumentation, writing and publishing in print and digital media, writing for nonprofits, environmental writing, and composition and literacy studies give students opportunities to explore how rhetoric works and develops within communities, cultures, workplaces, and classrooms. Our goals are for students to develop a critical awareness of writing, rhetoric, technology, and culture; the ability to communicate with diverse audiences; and make connections between what happens inside and outside the classroom.

Our students have opportunities to gain professional experience through community-engaged experiential-learning courses, collaboration on department-sponsored publications, and internships with local nonprofits and businesses.

Creative Writing: Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the standards of admission to the Graduate School, applicants for the M.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing must submit (1) a manuscript of 12-15 poems or 25 pages of creative prose and (2) a 1,000-1,500 word statement of purpose describing the candidate’s intellectual and creative background, interests and goals. The GRE is required, with a score at the 60th percentile or above strongly preferred; other requirements include a minimum of 18 hours of English beyond freshman composition, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for those hours, or a score above the 50th percentile on the advanced GRE in literature. Any student seeking conditional admission due to a low GPA must also complete a proctored writing sample and an interview with one of the creative writing faculty. All application materials should be sent to the Graduate School.

Degree Requirements:

Poetry Track - 33 Hours

  • ENGL 5510r - Fiction Writing (3 hours)

OR

  • ENGL 5950 - Workshop: Writing (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5520 - Poetry Workshop (9 hours)
  • Elective English Courses   (15 hours)                      
  • ENGL 5999r - Thesis (6 hours)

Prose Track -33 Hours

  • ENGL 5510r - Fiction Writing (9 hours)

OR

  • ENGL 5950 - Workshop: Writing (9 hours)
  • ENGL 5520 - Poetry Workshop (3 hours)
  • Elective English courses   (15 hours)
  • ENGL 5999r - Thesis (6 hours)