Studying Rhetoric at Virginia Tech
As a comprehensive land-grant university, Virginia Tech is an ideal place to study rhetoric in society. The land-grant context provides ample support for serious intellectual commitment as well as civic engagement. Students in the RW doctoral program are immersed in a rigorous course of study in the discipline, while at the same time imbued with the spirit of the university’s motto Ut Prosim, that I may serve.
We have a 95% placement rate for graduates of the program. Our students have gone on to academic positions at a variety of institutions of higher education, from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities. A few of our graduates work in the nonprofit sector and the government.
Assistantship Opportunities & Professional Development
The RW program offers a variety of graduate assistantships to support students while they are studying and to help prepare them for their positions after graduating. GTA positions include composition teaching and administration, Writing Center tutoring and administration, teaching in Engineering Communication, editing for the minnesota review, teaching in professional and technical writing, and working as a research assistant in the Center for Rhetoric in Society.
The RW program supports students’ professional development through GTA mentoring, funding for conference travel, workshops, guest speakers, and job market preparation. The Graduate School at Virginia Tech also provides professional development opportunities, as does the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.