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Graduate

Doctoral Degree

Pitt’s doctoral students in composition create distinctive projects that link problems of reading, writing, and teaching to current institutions, disciplines, media, and debates in English studies. 

Certificate

This graduate certificate recognizes sustained, advanced study in composition, literacy, pedagogy and rhetoric. It can be awarded to students who have earned the MA, MFA, or PhD degree in the Department of English, and to those earning graduate degrees in other departments, programs, and institutions.

Seminars

Seminars offer graduate students the opportunity to work closely with research faculty while studying critical topics and exploring ingresses into research.  

Teaching

Graduate students begin their teaching assistantships by teaching a section of Seminar in Composition, the introductory composition course required of all undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Writing Awards

Every year, the English Department's Program in Composition, Literacy and Pedagogy offers an award for graduate student work. This competitive award recognizes superior graduate writing that investigates questions relating to literacy, pedagogy, or rhetoric.