Department of English


MAPC students in class in the MATRFYou will take most of your courses during the first year of the program. You may choose to take courses during the summer, or you may choose to pursue an internship or work opportunity in the summer. 

As an MAPC student, you will take four core courses: English 8500 (Research Methods), English 8520 (Rhetorical Theory), English 8530 (Visual Communication), and English 8560 (Workplace Communication).  These courses provide a foundation of theory and practice in the field of professional communication.

In addition to your core courses, you also take five cognate courses. You choose cognate courses to support your chosen area of study. Please see the Specializations section for advice on choosing these cognate courses.

MAPC courses are offered in rotation so that you will have the opportunity to take most courses once during your degree program.  It is important to recognize that each course may be offered only once during the semesters in which you are taking courses, so you should plan carefully, in consultation with your advisor.  Consult the semester-by-semester course list for more information.

To see a sample of courses offered, please consult our Summer and Fall 2010 Course Descriptions and our Spring and Summer 2011 Course Descriptions.  These listings describe both core and cognate courses.

For more information on courses, oral exams, projects and theses, visit the MAPC interactive website and go into the "office."