to the Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies (CRES) site at the
University of Alabama. We offer a specialized concentration within the
English Department’s M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The CRES Program is
designed for students wishing to study the many facets of expository
writing and become involved in research projects that will influence
the course of writing instruction, literacy theory, rhetorical studies,
and composition assessment.
graduate curriculum provides a solid foundation in English studies. The
doctoral program is designed for those seeking academic positions as
composition specialists (researchers, teachers, or administrators) or
generalist positions in postsecondary English departments that
emphasize writing instruction. The newly formed (in 2006) MA program is
ideal for practicing teachers wishing to improve their credentials by
developing a specialty in the teaching of writing as well as for BA
graduates who plan to go on for the Ph.D.
the past five years, the CRES program has welcomed several new faculty
members who bring a renewed sense of excitement and expanded
possibilities for graduate study in composition and rhetoric.
Particular areas of specialization now include composition theory and
pedagogy, writing program and writing center administration, digital
rhetoric, technology and writing, literacy studies, critical race theory,
African-American rhetoric, and curriculum development and design.