Carnegie Mellon University


The Master of Arts in Rhetoric offers a wide range of courses that reflect our intellectual diversity and multi-methodological approaches to rhetoric. This breadth will also give you a solid foundation in rhetorical theory, practice and pedagogy—it will let you speak to issues that matter and pose genuine questions of your own. Here are some of the things you might choose to learn:

you can learn theory, methods, and explorating in the M.A. in rhetoric program

Degree Requirements

The MA in Rhetoric is a one-year program. Each student is required to take a minimum of 30 credit hours (90 units) of required and elective coursework, 24 credit hours (or 72 units) of which must be in rhetoric courses approved by the Director of Rhetoric. The standard course load is four 4-credit hour (12 unit) courses each semester. A typical student takes four 4-credit hour courses per semester. Of the 30 credit hours, no more than 8 credit hours (24 units, typically 2 courses) may be in independent study, directed research, or any combination of these.

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Rhetoric Courses

The following is a partial list of Rhetoric courses that are offered regularly (every year, or every other year).

  • Argument Theory
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
  • Digital Humanities: Corpus Rhetorical Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Environmental Rhetoric
  • Gender & Communication
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Intertextuality
  • Language and Culture
  • Leadership Dialog and Change
  • Legal Rhetoric in a Global World
  • Literacy: Educational Theory and Community Practice
  • Media in a Digital Age
  • Mediated Power and Propaganda
  • Process of Reading and Writing
  • Research Writing Pedagogy
  • Rhetoric and Public Policy
  • Rhetoric and the Nation
  • Rhetoric of Science
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Rhetorical Invention
  • Science in the Public Sphere
  • The History, Theory, and Practice of Writing Instruction 
  • Visual Verbal Communication