Prospective Students

Thank you for considering The Ohio State University’s Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Program. We are so proud of the work we do here, and we want you to have as much information as possible as you apply to, and perhaps enroll in, our program.

Perks & Privileges

In the slide show below, we’ve listed some of the many perks and privileges you’ll experience at various levels: within the RCL program, itself; within the English Department; at the larger university; and within the city of Columbus. Check out what current graduate students had to say, as well as this Grad Student Guide to Columbus.

Dissertations & Graduate Seminars

There’s perhaps no better way to get a feel for our program than to see what our students and faculty are researching. To start, you might check out the English Department directory.

Here are a few recent dissertation titles:

  • Git Gud: Video Games, Mental Disability, and Resilience Rhetoric
  • Redeveloping Participation: Rhetorics and Ontologies of Participatory Discourse in the Technical Communication of U.S. Public Housing Policy
  • Queer Possibilities in Digital Media Composing
  • Hospitable Literacies: The Writing and Rhetorical Practices of Black Family Reunions Online and Offline

Please check out an even fuller list of students’ dissertations.

Our faculty expertise is wide-ranging. Recent graduate seminars include the following:

  • Community Literacies/Literacies in Communities
  • Precarious Rhetorics: Contagions, Pandemics, and Catastrophe Capitalism
  • Politics of the Interface through Critical Access Studies

You can also check out the full list of current graduate courses in the English department. But more specific course descriptions for RCL-related courses can be found on the Coursework & Upcoming Seminars page.

If you check out our RCL’bration!, you can also find recent accomplishments of graduate students, faculty, and alumni.