Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
MA CLSP


MA IN CRITICAL STUDIES IN LITERACY AND PEDAGOGY

In the CSLP program, we provide space for students to explore the fields of rhetoric, writing, and literacy as well as to apply their knowledge and theorize across various community and academic sites.  Through this MA program, we interrogate real life, multi-modal composing and literacy practices, diverse pedagogies, and various research methods while preparing students for teaching and working in a wide range of settings. 

This MA is designed for two primary audiences: 1) individuals who want to continue to doctoral work in Rhetoric and Writing and 2) individuals who want to teach or to do literacy work in community organizations, including community colleges. The goal of the program is to prepare teachers and researchers in the field of composition and rhetoric or in community literacy. The program emphasizes the teaching and learning of language and literacy in multiple contexts and multiple modes, including print, digital, and visual, as well as research in these areas. Central to the program’s emphasis is the critical examination of diversity as it impacts the teaching of rhetoric, writing and literacy; the democratization of the classroom; the role of language and schooling in society at large; and the politics of language, literacy, and culture.  

 

MA in CSLP Course Requirements  

Requirements for Both Plan A (thesis) and Plan B (without thesis) 

Core coursework (7 credits): 

WRA 878 Composition Studies (3 credits) 

WRA 888 Strategies and Methods for Teaching Writing (3 credits) 

WRA 886 Master’s Colloquium (1 credit) 

 

Rhetoric and Writing Concentration (18-21 credits)  

Designed for individuals who wish to teach or to do literacy work in community organizations, including community colleges. This concentration provides students with opportunities to directly address community-specific pedagogical interests and needs.  

Theory or History. One of the following courses (3 credits): 

WRA 805 Rhetoric History and Theory (3 credits) 

WRA 882 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3 credits) 

Methodology. One of the following courses (3 credits): 

WRA 870 Research Methodologies in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credits) 

WRA 872 Methods of Research in Rhetoric and Writing (3 credits) 

ElectivesComplete 12-15 credits from the following: 

AL 881 Teaching with Technology (3 credits) 

WRA 860 Multimodal Composing Theory and Practice (3 credits) 

WRA 853 Workshop in Rhetoric and Writing (3 credits) 

WRA 891 Special topics (3 credits) 

WRA 980 Special topics (3 credits) 

WRA 848 Cultural Rhetorics (3 credits) 

WRA 877 Community Literacies (3 credits) 

WRA 992 Seminar in Literacy Studies (3 credits) 

Approved Courses in TE, AL, ENG, or LLT (limit: 6 credits) 

 

Community Teaching and Literacy Concentration (18-21 credits) 

Designed for individuals who wish to teach or to do literacy work in community organizations, including community colleges. This concentration provides students with opportunities to directly address community-specific pedagogical interests and needs.   

Community Literacy. One of the following courses (3 credits): 

WRA 877 Community Literacies (3 credits) 

WRA 992 Seminar in Literacy Studies (3 credits) 

Methodology. One of the following courses (3 credits): 

WRA 870 Research Methodologies in Rhetoric and Composition (3 credits) 

WRA 872 Methods of Research in Rhetoric and Writing (3 credits) 

ElectivesComplete 12-15 credits from the following: 

WRA 860 Multimodal Composing Theory and Practice (3 credits) 

WRA 841 Professional Writing Theory and Research (3 credits)

WRA 415 Digital Rhetorics (3 credits) 

WRA 453 Grant and Proposal Writing (3 credits) 

WRA 805 Rhetoric History and Theory (3 credits) 

WRA 882 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3 credits) 

WRA 891 Special topics (3 credits)

WRA 980 Special topics (3 credits)

WRA 893 Internship (variable credit)

Approved Courses in TE, AL, ENG, or LLT (limit: 6 credits) 

Additional Requirements for Plan A WRA 899 Master’s Thesis (4-6 credits) and pass an oral certifying examination in defense of the thesis and on the course work.  

Additional Requirements for Plan B Complete an additional 3 credits of coursework from the list of electives above in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. Present a final certifying portfolio or pass a a final certifying examination.

Completion of the MA must occur within six (6) years of entering the program. The clock starts ticking the semester of the first class that is counted toward the degree.