earn a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing because:
Our program assumes that today's communication practices are multimodal in nature and all of our core courses, from composition pedagogy to research methods, read and develop both print and multimodal texts. Students gain firsthand experience with writing not only sustained print pieces, typical of graduate programs in rhetoric and writing, such as scholarly articles and white papers, but also develop videos, podcasts, websites, and electronic portfolios as part of their education.
Our program prepares students for a variety of writing-focused careers, including teaching writing at the college level (including at community colleges and in dual enrollment courses), editing and publishing, law, grant writing, public relations, marketing, and technical communication. Because publication and presentation is taught throughout the program, graduates will be well poised to pursue PhD work in rhetoric and composition or other English or communication fields.
UF is one of only two private schools in Ohio that offers this program, we focus on one-on-one course and career advising. Students in the program are offered a variety of classes and times to meet program requirements, and the night class and summer schedule is flexible for working adults.
Every year, Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing (MARW) students will have the opportunity to work with a Visiting Scholar in the MARW program for a two-day intensive workshop each fall. The MARW Program will host two Visiting Scholars during 2014-2015. Dr. Kristine Blair, professor of English at Bowling Green State University and editor of Computers and Composition and Computers and Composition Online, is our Fall 2014 Visiting Speaker. In the spring, the MARW program will host Ohio State University Distinguished Humanities Professor Cynthia L. Selfe, a founder in the field of computers and writing. Both speakers will be teaching MARW students strategies for composing in digital environments and effective academic writing habits for publication and presentation.
In addition to the Visiting Scholar program, students are provided various opportunities to learn from those with writing-focused careers through a guest speaker series. Guest speakers have included university press editors, community college faculty, textbook editors, and museum writers. In addition, speakers from related PhD programs and law schools share preparation strategies for MARW students interested in pursuing these avenues and developing professional networks.