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Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
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Welcome to the Graduate Programs in WRAC!  

The graduate programs in WRAC aim to prepare the next generation of leaders, thinkers, teachers and innovators in the discipline of Rhetoric & Writing and in related fields both inside and outside of academia. 

Our aim is to serve as a model for a new vision of humanities scholars and real-world pracititioners  

This vision guides our recruitment, our curriculum, our support packages, and our mentoring philosophy. It asks a lot of both students and faculty, but it also makes the program an exciting place to be. 

Because we aim to create an innovative and energetic environment for researchteaching, and community engagement, we offer a broad array of curricular, extra-curricular, and community engagement opportunities, and a nationally-renowned faculty who enjoy working with students as they become our colleagues and peers. We have strong interdisciplinary ties to other programs and research centers at MSU, especially to African American and African Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Chicano/Latina Studies, Cultural Heritage InformaticsDigital HumanitiesDigital Media Arts and Technology, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art MuseumMATRIX (The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online), the MSU Museum, the Native American InstituteResidential College in the Arts & Humanities (RCAH)Teacher EducationWomen, Gender & Social Justice, the Writing Center, and the Writing, Information & Digital Experience Research Center. 

The intellectual community of the programs offer students a unique academic space to explore scholarly, intellectual and pedagogical pathways in/outside the traditionally understood provenance of Rhetoric & Composition studies. Because encouraging these kinds of risks requires a strong supportive network of colleagues and mentors, we work hard to provide an intellectual community that seeks out and welcomes all individuals, and that openly makes space for the broadest possible spectrum of diversity across categories of age, life experience, gender, abilities, race, ethnicity, class, religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, and geographic identification. We attract strong students from all walks of life, and we are excited about the possibilities that arise from each cohort’s arrival in the program. We know that each of you has something important to contribute to our intellectual community and to the future of our discipline.