The Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Doctoral Program (CCR)
To earn the Ph.D., a student must complete a minimum of 45 credits beyond the master's degree (counted as 30 credits), for a total of 75 required credits. Of these, 36 credits are in required and elective courses. The program is designed to be completed in 4 years. Required credits are distributed as follows:
18 credits in a required core
18 credits in electives, 9 of which must be taken in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
3 credits in doctoral readings (in preparation for qualifying examinations)
6-18 credits of dissertation
Students who enter with a master's degree in rhetoric and composition or have satisfactorily completed graduate courses in appropriate areas of study at Syracuse University or at other institutions may apply up to 12 extra previously earned credits to course requirements, based on a careful evaluation of their transcripts that includes an examination of course syllabus and in some instances work produced for the course.
All students take a required 6-course core in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, which becomes the primary area for qualifying examinations. Students must pass comprehensive written qualifying examinations, including one primary and two secondary areas. Students must complete a written dissertation that is a book-length work of scholarship and defend it viva voce.