239 H.B. Crouse Hall
Lois Agnew, Patrick W. Berry, Collin Gifford Brooke, Genevieve García de Müeller, Lenny Grant, Margaret Himley, Krista Kennedy, Rebecca Moore Howard, Aja Martinez, Brice Nordquist, Eileen E. Schell, Tony Scott
This program offers a doctoral degree in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric (CCR) situated in the Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, a departmental unit devoted entirely to writing and rhetoric. Its nationally known undergraduate teaching department provides a laboratory for research and innovation. The independence of the CCR program allows focused study of the pedagogy and cultural practices of written language, yet facilitates multidisciplinary study and integrations. In addition to a core faculty and closely associated faculty affiliates, faculty consultants in other disciplines facilitate and advise on students’ interdisciplinary studies, a required element of the program.
The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers blending scholarship, teaching, administration, and consulting on writing and rhetoric in academic, workplace, and community settings. Intellectual themes of the program include studying composition and rhetoric emphasizing social practices of literacy, rhetoric, and writing instruction; and conceiving written language as culturally and historically specific. Students are encouraged to develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary specializations such as writing program administration; cross-cultural literacy studies; professional, technical, and electronic communication; rhetorical history; or feminist studies.
The program admits a class of four to six full-time students a year. Applicants should have satisfactorily completed a master’s degree in a language-related or cognate discipline (counted as 30 credits) and demonstrated a strong commitment and talent in rhetoric and composition. In making decisions about admissions, the faculty considers an applicant’s academic record, career plans and scholarly interests, GRE scores, a scholarly writing sample, and letters of recommendation. Prior teaching experience or practice in communication fields is desirable.
In addition to completing the regular application for graduate study, CCR applicants must submit an essay on their intellectual history and academic interests, as well as a statement on teaching interests and practical experience. Detailed instructions for tailoring the application to the CCR program may be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, 239 H.B. Crouse Hall, Syracuse NY 13244-1160, 315-443-5146; or from the program’s web site, ccr.syr.edu.