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ERIC Number: EJ1081839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
The MA in Writing at DePaul University
Clary-Lemon, Jennifer; Vandenberg, Peter
Composition Forum, v16 Fall 2006
While discussion about the nature and function of the PhD has flourished for years in the broad context of English studies (Bérubé; Lunsford et al.; Nelson) and for more than a decade now in rhetoric and composition (Brown, Meyer, and Enos; North; Young and Steinberg), the Master's degree has attracted scant attention. No doubt this traces to a continuing concern with disciplinary viability and to the awareness that recognition is dependent on a robust collection of programs offering the terminal degree. The MA in English or any of its subfields, as is true of the same degree in various disciplines, is framed almost exclusively in its relation to the terminal PhD (Dalbey; Wright; Gaylord; Duyfhuizen). The assumption that MA coursework has value to the extent that it prepares students adequately for doctoral study appears so well entrenched that how it does so in curricular terms escapes scholarly interest. Lacking a significant number of well-established undergraduate programs in rhetoric and composition, doctoral programs in this discipline--unlike their counterparts in literature--will continue to value the Master's as a locus of theoretical and historical academic training. However, a Master's writing program has much to offer students in the way of preparation for an active rhetorical life at work and in various public spheres and is not limited to solely preparing students for PhD study. This article discusses the MA in Writing program at DePaul University to draw attention to Master's programs as vibrant sites of anti/inter/disciplinary potential.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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