Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

English, Master of Arts (MA)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will effectively demonstrate knowledge of writing for academic and non-academic professional environments such as business, industry, and/or government, including written texts, graphic designs, as well as the integration of written and visual elements. (G 1, G 2)
  • Students will effectively demonstrate competence in written and visual communication and an understanding of the communication needs, conventions, and discourse practices common to professional disciplines and institutional sites of practice. (G 1, G 3)
  • Students will effectively demonstrate the ability to analyze rhetorical situations including the ability to plan, create, evaluate, and revise professional and technical documents in both electronic (online) and print formats. (G 2) 
  • Students will effectively demonstrate the ability to access and utilize research in various disciplines and incorporate the research into the production of professional and technical documents.  (G 1, G 2, G 3)
  • Students will effectively demonstrate expertise with traditional and new media, including related, current digital technologies and software involved in discourse within the academic and professional disciplines. (G1, G2)

Related Links

English, MA Program Page

Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Writing Department Page

English, MA Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

Core English Courses
ENGL 598Selected Topics3
ENGL 601Introduction to Writing in the Disciplines3
ENGL 602Rhetoric Theory3
ENGL 603Literary and Cultural Studies3
ENGL 620Linguistics and Writing3
ENGL 621The Teaching of Writing and Literature3
ENGL 627Evolution of Writing3
ENGL 642Digital Writing and Publishing3
ENGL 659Researching Academic and Professional Writing3
ENGL 660Seminar: Creative Writing3
Total Hours30

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Major Code: 9527
UCC: 02.14.23
Revised: 02.24.23

Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 601 Introduction to Writing in the Disciplines 3
ENGL 602 Rhetoric Theory 3
ENGL 642 Digital Writing and Publishing 3
ENGL 603 Literary and Cultural Studies 3
ENGL 627 Evolution of Writing 3
ENGL 598
Selected Topics
or Seminar: Creative Writing
ENGL 620 Linguistics and Writing 3
ENGL 659 Researching Academic and Professional Writing 3
Second Year
ENGL 697 Consultancy in Writing in the Disciplines 6
 Total Hours**30

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.

Major Code: 9527
Revised Date: 03.31.2021