Welcome to Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue

Located near the banks of the Wabash, Purdue University upholds the land grant university mission of adding education in mechanics and agriculture to the classics and sciences. This focus makes Purdue particularly appropriate for the serious study of written discourse, as we celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the passage of the Morrill Act.

Purdue’s graduate program in rhetoric and composition dates to 1980 and has 319 graduates (233 Ph.D. and 86 M.A.). Our graduates hold positions such as writing teachers, program and writing center administrators, graduate program faculty, department heads, editors, usability testers, and professional and technical writers/managers.

We invite you to explore the information about our program, and for more information, contact:

Thomas Rickert, Interim Director
Rachel Atherton, Assistant Director