Rhetoric, Theory and Culture—MS, PhD

The shifting technological and media landscape of our globalized world constantly offers up new objects and fresh questions for examination. At Michigan Technological University, we’re training a new breed of scholars who can work across disciplines to grapple with complex cultural realities. Heed the call.

What you'll work on

You’ll engage in creative and critical interdisciplinary research that considers the connections between technology, communication, and globalization. Whether your interest is rhetoric, cultural studies, technical communication, or media studies, you’ll gain a rich understanding of the ways in which communicative practices are embedded in cultural contexts with political, material, and social dimensions.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Communication
  • New/Emergent Media
  • Cultural Theory
  • Literacy

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Who you'll work with

Our faculty represent a variety of critical and theoretical standpoints within the humanities, including composition, cultural studies, film studies, linguistics, literature, media and visual studies, philosophy, rhetoric, and technical communication.

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Marika Seigel

Marika Seigel
Associate Professor

"Theory matters most when we can apply it to make a positive difference in people’s lives."

Seigel researches the rhetoric of health and medicine, particularly pertaining to pregnancy and women’s healthcare. She is specifically interested in how political and cultural contexts shape this type of communication, and in strategies for women’s health communication more user centered.

Where you'll work

The possibilities are limitless. RTC students have focused their research on improving technical document usability and access for older adults. They’ve critiqued the ambiguous role of comedians as public intellectuals in media representations of scientific controversies, while others have analyzed the impact of public policy on citizens’ participation in the public sphere. Wherever your passion lies, we’ll help you carve your niche.