Humboldt State University

Master of Arts: Composition Studies & Pedagogy


Environment & Community M.A. Program 1 Harpst Street

Arcata, CA 95521

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in English, Composition Studies & Pedagogy Emphasis

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Graduates of the English Master’s Program will gain the ability to participate in the professional life of the field as scholars, teachers, and/or writers. Students in the Composition Studies and Pedagogy (CSP) emphasis engage in critical approaches to knowledge production and learning theories, finding their own voices in those scholarly discussions. Graduates of the CSP Master's Program will be able to design curriculum and instruction for writing classrooms. In addition, Humboldt State University's focus on social and environmental justice and its status as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) support our graduates in developing their skills in advocacy and culturally-responsive pedagogy. In all three emphases, students will: • Demonstrate the ability to produce professional-quality, research-based writing. We encourage our students to present at conferences, to publish in professional journals, and to engage in service to their future profession. • Demonstrate the use of a variety of interpretive strategies for analyzing multiple kinds of texts, broadly construed. Our graduate students are able to approach cultural/historical analyses, analyses of form & genre, and rhetorical analyses. • Demonstrate the use of theories related to language and the representation of culture(s), including aspects such as race, class, gender, ability, class & sexuality We engage our students in analyses of literary texts, ethnographic/qualitative accounts of teaching & learning, and rhetorics. In the CSP emphasis, we support students in developing the following skills and knowledge: • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the intersections of the fields of Rhetoric & Composition and Critical Pedagogy CSP students produce syntheses of writing process and learning theories, demonstrations of teaching in literacy, TESOL, and/or composition, designing appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies for enhancing literacy and writing abilities.


All of HSU's academic programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges/WASC. In addition, the English Master's of Arts degrees are also recognized by WICHE/Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which allows students from member states outside of California to pay in-state tuition.

International Student Requirements:

In addition to the application requirements for all students, international applicants must also take the TOEFL examination and submit their scores along with the other materials.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 40-44 Semester Units

In State Tuition (per year): 8420 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 15116 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Remote Town

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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