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Welcome to Rhetoric and Composition @ Purdue


Located near the banks of the Wabash, Purdue University upholds the Land Grant University mission of adding education in mechanics and agriculture to the classics and sciences. This focus makes Purdue particularly appropriate for the serious study of written discourse, as we celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the passage of the Morrill Act.

Purdue's Graduate Program in Rhetoric and Composition dates to 1980 and has 264 graduates (183 Ph.D. and 81 MA). Our graduates hold positions as writing teachers, program and writing center administrators, graduate program faculty, department heads, editors, usability testers, and professional and technical writers/managers.

We invite you to explore the information about our program, and for more information, contact:



Patricia Sullivan, Director

Emily Legg, Assistant Director






Purdue Department of English

Graduate Studies in English at Purdue

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