The Rhetoric and Professional Writing program at Oklahoma State University offers a distinctive curriculum for those who not only love language but love what language can do in the world. Specifically, the program investigates the act of composing texts in multiple situated contexts within both academic and workplace settings.
Rigorous, critical engagement with theories of rhetoric, genre, discourse, and pedagogy characterize the variety of courses offered, as does thoughtful dialogue between theory and practice. Students may choose to prepare for academic or professional writing positions.
BA in Professional Writing
The BA in Professional Writing degree is for those who are drawn to writing and language as means of generating and exchanging ideas and information in various professional settings.
Course work focuses on rhetorical theory, genre theory, research skills, editing, style, visual rhetoric and document design, and theories in professional writing and allows our students to develop a sophisticated understanding of audience, structure, and style to create, manage, coordinate, and present written information in a constructive and dynamic fashion.
A strong focus on hands-on experience and research through internships is also part of our curriculum, thereby giving our students a well-rounded resume and making them highly competetive on the job market.
Professional Writing students typically find careers as technical writers, information developers, communication project managers, grant writers, web content designers, freelance writers, teachers, authors, and other writing professionals who can tune in to different writing conventions and adapt their writing to various rhetorical contexts in today's increasingly compelx print and digital environmets.
For further information about this BA in Professional Writing degree, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-744-9474.
MA in English Option in Professional Writing
The MA in English with an option in Professional Writing prepares students to be practising professional writers. Students in this degree option take a set of required courses, including Style and Editing, Visual Rhetoric, Genres in Professional Writing, Studies in Discourse Analysis, and others. Students also fulfill the language requirement as well as pass the MA Qualifying Exam in Professional Writing.
Students graduating from this degree option have found professional writing positions locally and nationally, including OG&E, Fire Protection Publications, and others.
For a description of the admission qualifications, application materials, degree requirements and regulations, and other details appears, see the MA with an Option in Professional Writing Graduate Guidelines specific to this degree option.
General MA in English
The General MA in English trains students to enter a Ph.D. program or to teach at the college level. Students in rhetoric and professional writing will develop an individualized curriculum in consultation with their advisory committees, which may include courses from such areas as Composition and Rhetoric, Professional Writing, and Digital Studies.
Students in this degree options have graduated to pursue Ph.D. degrees at institutions such as Arizona State University, TCU, Texas A&M Commerce, and Oklahoma State University, among others, or to teach at the university level.
For a description of the admission qualifications, application materials, degree requirements and regulations, and other details specific to this degree, see the General MA Guidelines.
PhD in English
The English Department grants one doctoral degree, the PhD in English. Students in the Rhetoric and Professional Writing program work closely with their advisory committees to design a plan of study suitable to students’ research interests and career goals. Rhetoric and Professional Writing students have the opportunity to take courses and develop their research projects in areas that include:
- Composition and Rhetoric, which explores the historical and contemporary work of composition and rhetoric theorists, raises critical awareness of language practices, and develops innovative pedagogical strategies.
- Digital Studies, which develops new pedagogies, methodologies, and theories made possible through computerization; raise critical awareness of computerization; and creates scholarly and teaching materials in multiple modes of meaning making.
- Professional Writing, which investigates the strategies of workplace writing, raises critical awareness of workplace genres, and creates scholarly and teaching materials in both print-based and digital genres with particular attention to style, editing, and design.
For recently completed PhD students' projects, courses, degree requirements, see here.
Phil Bratta, Assistant Professor. Dr. Bratta's areas of interest include Rhetorical Theory, Visual Rhetorics, Embodiment, Digital Rhetorics, and Cultural and Material Rhetorics.
An Cheng, Professor (Director of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Coordinator of Professional Writing Internship). Dr. Cheng's areas of interest include English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes, and the genre-based framework of learning academic and professional writing.
Joshua Daniel-Wariya, Assistant Professor (Associate Director, First Year Writing Program). Dr. Daniel-Wariya's areas of interest include Digital Rhetorics and New Media, with emphasis in game studies and game-based pedagogy.
Lynn C. Lewis, Associate Professor (Director, First Year Writing Program). Dr. Lewis's areas of interest include Visual Rhetoric and Design,New Literacies,Rhetoric theory,Pedagogy and Writing in Traditional and Digital Environments, and New Media Studies.
Anna Sicari, Assistant Professor (Director, OSU Writing Center). Dr. Sicari's interests include Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy, Feminist Theory, Qualitative Research, and Writing Program Administration scholarship.
Find out about course offerings at the Course Offerings Page.