Humanities Graduate Seminar Presentations

Rhetoric and Technical Communication

The MS and PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication

The Rhetoric & Technical Communication (RTC) program at Michigan Tech provides innovative, broad-based, interdisciplinary degrees that draw students into study across a range of fields, focusing on the complex interactions among rhetoric and communication within their social and cultural contexts. Special attention is given to the changing role of technology, communication, and representation in contemporary societies.

Graduate Faculty and Students

Recognizing that today's challenging issues often require analysis from across disciplinary perspectives, the RTC program is designed to draw on the diverse talents of some thirty-plus distinguished graduate faculty members. These faculty do research and teach in the areas named by the degree title Rhetoric & Technical Communication, but also across many fields of the humanities.

Faculty and students work within and across these overlapping areas that share many theoretical and practical perspectives. Students choose two streams (a major and minor focus) from among the rubrics of Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy; Technical Communication/Technology Studies; and Communication in Cultural Contexts.


The curriculum is designed to challenge and prepare students both broadly and deeply to consider important issues of communication and rhetoric in a rapidly changing technological world. The program seeks flexible, intellectually curious, highly motivated students who are interested in working with faculty who offer challenging, advanced study, and intensive mentoring. Students consult closely with advisors to build a coherent program of study.

RTC Graduate Student Handbook

The RTC Program Student Manual

The RTC manual lists the policies and procedures applicable to graduate students and faculty for the MS and PhD degrees in Rhetoric and Technical Communication (RTC) at Michigan Tech. This manual discusses the RTC advising structure and procedures, master's and doctoral degree requirements, examinations, curricular policies, students and faculty policies, financial aid, grievance procedures, student support structures, and personal and professional opportunities.

The 2013-2014 RTC Graduate Student Handbook is currently undergoing some revisions. View the 2011-2012 RTC Student Handbook here. Please visit the Graduate School website or contact Dr. Patricia Sotirin if you have any questions.