Our goal is to encourage students to contribute to interdisciplinary activity and to create a forum for them and several dozen faculty members at the University whose research and teaching emphasize various facets of writing and communication. By crafting an individualized program of study with the LRS Director of Graduate Studies, including theory, pedagogy, and research, often in a historical context, students can complement their disciplinary degree, and thereby open up new perspectives for their scholarship and teaching.
A Master’s Minor requires three graduate courses or seminars (9 credits minimum), one from each of the following categories: 1) literacy theory or practice, including pedagogy; 2) research methods and practices in one of the areas of the minor; and 3) a historical topic in rhetoric or literacy. Students must also write a substantial paper that emerges from one of the three courses. In order to make the minor interdisciplinary, no more than one of the three courses for the Master’s Minor may be from the student’s home department.
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A Doctoral Minor requires a minimum of four graduate courses or seminars (12 credits minimum). Three courses must be in each of the categories enumerated above for the Master’s Minor. In order to make the minor interdisciplinary, no more than two of the four courses at the Doctoral level may be from the student's home department. To complete the Doctoral minor, students submit a capstone writing project, such as a seminar paper from one of the minor courses or a completed dissertation chapter.
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Funding for the Graduate Student Travel Grant and the Dissertation/Master’s Project Summer Fellowship