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Dissertation Process and Guidelines The dissertation is the culminating requirement for earning a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. Through the dissertation and the dissertation defense, students demonstrate that they are able to effectively conceptualize, design, and conduct a research project. In addition, students demonstrate that they can effectively communicate, both in speech and writing,…
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Comprehensive Exam

Overview Students prepare for and take the comprehensive exam during the academic year following completion of doctoral coursework, using resources collected through coursework, including texts, assignments, and independent research. It consists of two parts: a written exam and an oral exam. The written exam covers the student’s work in (two of three possible) core areas and in a more…
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Students will earn a minimum of 6 credits (ENGL 597) for an internship. Students develop an internship plan in consultation with their advisors. The internship should complement the program of study and career objectives. Note: Students with professional experience equivalent to an internship may petition the Rhetoric and Professional Communication Committee for a waiver of the…
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Qualifying Portfolio

During the second semester of coursework, students will submit a portfolio to the Rhetoric and Professional Communication faculty for purposes of review and evaluation. The qualifying portfolio allows students to demonstrate that they have the requisite reading, writing, and critical skills to successfully pursue the Ph.D. Students will discuss and begin to prepare the Qualifying…
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Ph.D. Coursework

Students in the doctoral program will develop individualized plans of study in consultation with advisors. Students will complete at least 54 hours of graduate coursework, including ENGL 610: Doctoral Proseminar in Rhetoric and Professional Communication: 6 credit hours in research methods 12 credit hours in core courses 15 to 18 credit hours in courses in an area of…
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