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Greetings from the Director:

 One of the best things about my job is talking to prospective students about what makes our graduate program special. Our faculty are prolific scholars and engaged practitioners who work tirelessly to prepare students for careers and advanced graduate work in Public and Professional Writing and Health and Science Writing.

Here are just a few of the things that make the WRTC MA program distinctive:

  • Variety of Funding Opportunities. We offer a number of graduate assistantships to fully cover tuition and provide a living stipend to all qualified applicants. Beyond providing financial support, we strive to place students in assistantships that will further their career goals. These assistantships can take a variety of forms – from creating social media and website content for various offices on campus, to teaching first-year writing courses, or working with faculty on research, digital archives and editing projects.
  • Welcome All Majors. Students in our program come from a variety of backgrounds – some directly from undergraduate work and many from the work world – and represent multiple fields of study including English, sociology, writing studies, psychology, journalism and other humanities and science fields.
  • Small Student Cohorts. Each year we accept no more than 10-12 students, insuring plenty of opportunities to work closely with faculty on scholarship, community engagement and special projects.
  • Focus on “learning to learn” technologies. Rather than focusing exclusively on specific technologies, our curriculum is designed to create spaces and offer strategies to help students tackle whatever technologies they might encounter in their future careers.
  • Flexibility. With small class sizes and a low student-faculty ratio, our faculty can work closely with students to design assignments and capstone experiences that allow students to produce work and gain experiences that translate directly to professional writing jobs and future graduate study.
  • Tech-rich classes. Our faculty has made a commitment to incorporate tech-rich projects into at least 75 percent of our coursework. This allows students to engage with several composing technologies common in the workplace and the academy and to build an impressive portfolio for their future academic or professional goals.
  • Expansive definition of writing. Our definition of writing goes far beyond traditional papers. Our students and faculty produce writing in multiple modes including video, podcasts, web design, social media content, and other genres.
  • Located in a stand-alone writing program. Because our program is located in The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, our faculty are devoted to studying and doing writing in a variety of workplaces and academic settings. Additionally, all of our coursework is directly related to student’s professional writing goals.

I’d love to answer any questions you might have about our program. Feel free to call or email me at almjeljm@jmu.edu for more information.

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Jen Almjeld
Graduate Director of the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication

 

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