Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog Program: Master of Arts in Written Communication (WRCM) Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Master of Arts in Written Communication (WRCM)

This program prepares students for careers in professional writing, editing and publishing, or the teaching of writing at the elementary, secondary or community college levels. It also provides thorough preparation for Ph.D. studies in rhetoric and composition.

Applicants may combine academic and professional experience in support of their application.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed graduate school application
  2. A personal statement (we recommend that these statements be 1 to 2 pages in length)
  3. Official transcripts from ALL prior colleges and universities (note: If you attended EMU, you do not need to request your EMU transcript)
  4. An academic writing sample (preferably something related to your intended concentration in either the Teaching of Writing or Professional Communication)
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Department Information

English Language & Literature, College of Arts & Sciences

Joseph Csicsila, Ph.D. | Interim Department Head | 612 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.4220 | jcsicsila@emich.edu

Christine Neufeld, Ph.D. | Graduate Coordinator | 613C Pray-Harrold | 734.487.2670 | cneufeld@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Steven Benninghoff, Ph.D. | Program Coordinator | 612 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.4220 | sbenningh1@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 30-32 hours

Required Core: 6 hours

Course NameCredit Hour:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
WRTG 500 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in Written Communication 3 hrs
WRTG 621 - Research in Theory and Practice of Writing 3 hrs

Two Options:

Choose one of the following two options

Option I - Teaching and Writing: 15-17 hours

Required Courses: 6-8 hours
Course NameCredit Hour:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
WRTG 503 - Rhetorical Theory and the Teaching of Writing 3 hrs

Choose one from the following:

WRTG 514 - Issues in Teaching Writing 3 hrs
ENGL 675 - Eastern Michigan Writing Project Summer Institute

Cross-listed with CURR 675

5 hrs
Restricted Electives: 9 hours
Course NameCredit Hour:Term TakenGradeGen Ed

Choose nine hours from the following

ENGL 518 - Topics in English Education 3 hrs
ENGL 530 - Issues in English Studies for Teachers 3 hrs
WRTG 515 - Literacy and Written Literacy Instruction 3 hrs
WRTG 516 - Computers and Writing: Theory and Practice 3 hrs
WRTG 517 - Topics in the Teaching of Writing 3 hrs
WRTG 580 - Writing, Teaching, and Public Policy 3 hrs
WRTG 585 - Teaching Basic Writing at the College Level 3 hrs
WRTG 596 - Teaching Composition on the College Level 3 hrs

Option II - Professional Writing: 15 hours

Required Courses: 6 hours
Course NameCredit Hour:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
WRTG 505 - Rhetoric of Science and Technology 3 hrs
WRTG 524 - Advanced Technical Writing and Research 3 hrs
Restricted Electives: 9 hours
Course NameCredit Hour:Term TakenGradeGen Ed

Choose nine hours from the following

WRTG 521 - Technical Writing 3 hrs
WRTG 522 - Technical Editing 3 hrs
WRTG 523 - Writing Computer Documentation 3 hrs
WRTG 525 - Advanced Public Relations Writing 3 hrs
WRTG 526 - Topics in Technical Communication 3 hrs
WRTG 527 - Topics in Professional Communication 3 hrs
WRTG 540 - Visual Rhetoric and Information Design 3 hrs
WRTG 544 - Writing for the World Wide Web 3 hrs
WRTG 545 - Writing Digital Media 3 hrs

Thesis or Writing Project: 3 hours

Course NameCredit Hour:Term TakenGradeGen Ed

Choose one of the following

WRTG 692 - Thesis 3 hrs
WRTG 693 - Master's Writing Project 3 hrs

Elective Courses: 6 hours

Any Graduate Level Course. Students typically select from among courses in writing, linguistics, literature, reading, teaching English as a second language, communication theory, computer science, measurement and evaluation, psychology, statistics.

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