PhD in Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree that prepares students for faculty positions in our core areas of rhetoric, writing studies and pedagogies, and technical communication and for other professional positions that require expertise in writing, rhetoric, and technology. 

The PhD curriculum is structured to ensure all students have broad foundational knowledge while offering the flexibility to build specialized expertise. Students pursue courses in methods and writing pedagogies and take seminars across our three core areas of rhetoric, writing studies, and technical communication. Students also identify a specialty area and pursue a supporting program of courses offered by other departments at the University of Minnesota related to the specialty area. The PhD is a full-time, residential five-year program.

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