Oregon State University

Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

master of arts in english

Moreland HallThe Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture concentration integrates histories, theories, and philosophies of writing and rhetoric with the concerns of day-to-day teaching and writing.  It features courses such as language, technology, and culture, computers and composition, current composition theory, the teaching of writing, the history of rhetoric, literacy studies, advanced composition, literature and pedagogy, and (on Ecampus) advanced professional/technical writing.

This area of focus prepares graduates to teach in community colleges, undertake Ph.D. studies in rhetoric and writing, work as writing program administrators, or hold a variety of positions that emphasize writing and publishing (editing, technical writing, private and public sector work, etc.). 

Recent MA theses in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture include:

  • “Community Literacy Projects as Vehicles of Change: An Analysis and Application of Indigenous Community Empowerment Strategies to Create Self-Motivated and Effective Composition Service Learning Projects”
  • “Traversing the City of Blogs:  Pedagogy, Performance, and Public Spheres”
  • “Charting Their Own Course as Writers:  A Study of Writing-Intensive Student Self-Assessment and Goal-Setting at Start of Term”
  • “Speaking for the Dead: Funeral Rhetoric and Women’s Lament in Ancient Athens”

Contact Info

Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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