The program is designed to meet the needs of English instructors at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The core courses provide a foundation for students to specialize in composition and applied linguistics. This foundation is flexible
enough to meet students’ individual needs and those of the academic marketplace.
The core curriculum connects theory with practice and is designed to increase the professional qualifications and teaching effectiveness of instructors in teaching positions. The Composition and Applied Linguistics Program began in 1975, was revised in
1986 and again in 2000, and most recently included the low-residency option in 2021.
The Composition and Applied Linguistics Program recognizes the changing structure of education and the interdisciplinary nature of research into the nature and transmission of literacy. It provides central courses in research methods, technology and literacy,
and language theory and offers options for a nine-credit specialization in Composition and Applied Linguistics. Doctoral students may begin the program in the second summer session (Low Residency) or fall (international full-time students) and must
start with ENGL 825 and ENGL 830. Students have 15 elective hours in the program, with courses offered in rhetoric, literacy, and applied linguistics. In addition, students have other required and elective courses.
The program emphasizes the flexible yet intensive preparation of instructors of literacy. To achieve this flexibility, the program permits variation in the fields of concentration. All students study a common body of knowledge in central courses and focus
their research on the uses of interdisciplinary knowledge for the transmission of literacy in the teaching of English. A unique feature is that students can select an academic year or a Low Residency program option.
(*May also be taken for repeat credit as an elective)
(†May be taken as an online course)
(as approved by Composition and Applied Linguistics director)
Composition and Applied Linguistics Program Handbook
How to apply
Tuition and fees
Graduate course catalog
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