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As a Master of Arts (MA) student in San Francisco State University’s English Composition program, you will join a vibrant intellectual and scholarly community devoted to the study of written communication and the teaching of writing across multiple contexts.
In this program, you will find yourself in a dynamic learning environment, taking courses that change as the field develops, and in which you are not merely encouraged but expected to contribute both to knowledge in the field and to one another's growth. We offer demanding and challenging courses conducted in a friendly, informal atmosphere. While students are expected to work to very high standards, you will receive close personal attention and support.
Your MA in English Composition will prepare you to teach writing in community college and university settings; administer writing programs; direct campus learning centers or writing centers; or pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or Writing Studies.
Students of any undergraduate major may apply to the program. Students who have not taken any linguistics courses as part of their undergraduate training are typically admitted conditionally and must complete a linguistics/language studies course during their first year in the program.
English 700: Introduction to Composition Theory
Issues of composition theory, research, and classroom practice. Introduction to graduate studies in Composition.
English 704: Pedagogical Grammar for Composition
Theory and practice of responding to linguistic, stylistic, and rhetorical issues in student writing.
English 709: Seminar in Teaching Integrated Reading and Writing
Exploration of the integration of reading and writing from both a theoretical and pedagogical perspective.
English 710: Course Design in Composition and Post-Secondary Reading
Theory and practice of designing post-secondary reading and composition courses. This course is offered only in Spring semesters. Prerequisite: English 709.
English 895: Field Study
Field study or research project incorporating application of knowledge and techniques acquired in the student's program of study. CR/NC grading only