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. Are you ready?

Program Overview

With the master's or doctorate in rhetoric, theory and culture program, 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.

  • Delivery Options

    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the rhetoric, theory and culture program at Michigan Tech. 

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

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Graduate Director

Dana Van Kooy

Graduate Assistant

Heather Chosa


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your rhetoric, theory and culture MS and PhD. Sample areas include:

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

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

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.

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.

Faculty Spotlight

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.

Program Faculty