Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Writing Studies MA and PhD Specialization

English faculty working in the area of Writing Studies explore issues of literacy, the history of rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, lexicography, international English, environmental rhetoric, discourse theory, language policy, and digital media.

English graduate students working in the area of Writing Studies have recently published articles in such journals as College Composition and Communication, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Computers and Composition, College English, and Kairos. Our recent PhD graduates hold tenure-track jobs at such schools as the University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University Colorado at Boulder, and Syracuse University.

center for writing studiesEnglish faculty and graduate students working in Writing Studies are affiliated with the interdisciplinary Center for Writing Studies on our campus. The Center for Writing Studies coordinates the Writers Workshop, a Writing Across the Curriculum program, and a graduate concentration for graduate students across campus.