M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

The Master of Arts in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media provides students with a foundation for conducting and presenting research, applying rhetorical theories, teaching writing, and producing digital media. Through specialized coursework and experiential learning in the history, theory, and production of composition, rhetoric, and digital media, you will develop expertise researching and practicing composing in a variety of professional genres. As part of our program, you have the opportunity to work with a variety of university departments and educational programs, present and publish research independently and collaboratively with faculty and peers, and contribute to NSU publications such as Digressions, the student-run literary, and art journal.

CRDM is built with your long-term success and employability in mind. The CRDM program prepares you for a career in writing, publishing, teaching, and doctoral study. CRDM graduates are prepared to pursue doctoral studies in Composition and Rhetoric and related disciplines, as well as a variety of careers in publishing, media production, and/or education.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for editors and writers will keep pace with other professions over the next several years, while demand for certain specialties, such as technical writing, will increase 10% faster than the average for all occupations from 2014-2024. Additionally, the composition course requirement of most colleges and universities nationwide ensures the continued demand for qualified faculty in composition and rhetoric. 

The successful M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media graduate is expected to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of what effective writing is in a variety of rhetorical contexts.
  • Evaluate writing curricula and pedagogical practices.
  • Design successful digital media using rhetorically appropriate strategies.
  • Produce and present original research based on the theories and methods applicable to composition, rhetoric, and digital media.
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Program Core Courses (12 credits)
WRIT 5010
Research Methods (WRIT 5010 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5120
Theories of Composition (WRIT 5120 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5340
Studies in Multimodality (WRIT 5340 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5650
Rhetorical Criticism (WRIT 5650 / Credits: 3 )
Program Electives (12-18 credits)
WRIT 5100
Teaching Writing (WRIT 5100 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5140
Writing Center Praxis (WRIT 5140 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5160
Teaching Writing Online (WRIT 5160 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5250
Social Media Writing and Strategy (WRIT 5250 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5320
Advanced Writing with Technologies (WRIT 5320 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5350
Game Studies (WRIT 5350 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5400
Technical Writing (WRIT 5400 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5620
Rhetorical Traditions in Writing Studies (WRIT 5620 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5750
Transmedia Theory and Production (WRIT 5750 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5800
Editing, Layout and Design (WRIT 5800 / Credits: 3 )
WRIT 5850
Teaching and Tutoring Second Language Writing (WRIT 5850 / Credits: 3 )
Degree Completion (3) Options
WRIT 5950
Media Internship (Repeatable) (WRIT 5950 / Credits: 6 )
WRIT 6000
Master's Thesis (Repeatable) (WRIT 6000 / Credits: 6 )
Culminating Exam
Students complete and pass an on-site (3) hour exam during final semester of coursework (Culminating Exam )

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the degree program requirements. For specific course requirements, refer to the “Master of Arts in Composition, Rhetoric and Digital Media Program (M.A.)" program in NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student catalog.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Halmos College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

CRDM Course Frequency

CRDM Course Frequency - *indicates a core course
Every Year Even Years Odd Years

WRIT 5010: Research Methods*

WRIT 5650: Rhetorical Criticism*

WRIT 5100: Teaching Writing

WRIT 5750: Transmedia Theory and Production

WRIT 5400: Technical Writing

WRIT 5850: Teaching and Tutoring Second Language Wrting


WRIT 5120: Theories of Composition*

WRIT 5340: Studies in Multimodality and Digital Media*

WRIT 5320: Advanced Writing with Technologies

WRIT 5800: Editing, Layout, and Design

WRIT 5160: Teaching Writing Online

WRIT 5350: Game Studies


WRIT 5900: Special Topics (Term I)

WRIT 5140: Writing Center Praxis (Term II)

WRIT 5250: Socila Media Writing & Strategy (full term) WRIT 5650: Rhetorical Traditions in Writing Studies (full term)