Department of English

Graduate Students

Rhetorics, Communication, & Information Design (PhD)
RCID is an academic-professional degree, preparing students to conduct research and to disseminate their findings through teaching in the university and through publishing in professional and popular journals. RCID prepares students, through research, to be consultants for and to work within industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. RCID prepares students to be professionals in traditional and emerging economies. At present, virtually all of the students wish to work primarily in academia. We expect that they will be of value to the growing demand for innovative faculty in colleges of liberal arts and humanities: Specifically in Departments of Art, Communication Studies, English, Rhetorics, Writing, New Media, as well as Departments and Centers whose names have yet been determined in an ever-emerging economy for undergraduate and graduate education.

Professional Communication (MAPC)
The Masters of Arts in Professional Communication combines work in theory and research with a comprehensive emphasis on written, oral, and visual communication in professional contexts. This program will prepare you to work as a professional communicator for industry or public service or to teach in two year colleges. In addition, the program provides the background necessary to pursue a Ph.D. in rhetoric or technical communication or opt for a career working in a variety of media across the industries. In this program you are encouraged to tailor the degree to meet your individual career objectives.

English (MAE)
Clemson University’s Master of Arts in English offers a comprehensive approach to literary studies, incorporating exploration of literary texts and theory, examination of textuality and modes of publication, and a foundation in methods of research and scholarship.  Through coursework, close interactions with faculty, and individual research projects, students infuse their broad understanding of the field of English studies with their own particular literary interests and concerns. The curriculum offers courses in theory, literary periods and genres, film, new media, creative writing, cultural studies, and rhetoric. The MAE program serves three types of students: those who plan to pursue graduate studies in literature or creative writing at the doctoral level; those aiming to teach in high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges; and those who want to enrich their background in English studies, develop research and writing skills, and continue their intellectual experience beyond the baccalaureate.