New Mexico State University

Rhetoric & Professional Communication

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The PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication offers courses in rhetoric, composition studies, professional communication, and critical/cultural studies. Drawing on a range of research methods and pedagogical approaches, we support students from diverse backgrounds pursuing interests in industry, government, and education, including universities, community colleges, and public schools. The faculty in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program approach research, teaching, and other professional practices from multiple perspectives. We encourage critical engagements that challenge the borders traditionally drawn between theory and practice, production and reception, and creativity and critique. We promote situated inquiry that negotiates cultural, technological, disciplinary, and textual constraints in order to imagine and realize new possibilities.

Students complete courses in four core areas: rhetoric, composition, professional communication, and critical/cultural studies. In addition, using additional coursework, internship experiences, and dissertation research, students develop expertise in specialized areas.

We admit students for the fall semester each academic year. Complete applications are due by February 1.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Liz Schirmer, Interim Head
Dept. of English
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3E
Las Cruces, NM 88003
(575) 646-1369

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