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  • Contact:
  • 7407 Dwinelle H
    Department of Rhetoric
    University of California-Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA CA 94720-2
    United States
    Phone: 510-642-3522

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus

  • Description:
  • The Department of Rhetoric encourages applications from students who want to pursue interdisciplinary research in the humanities and the social sciences. Our diverse faculty work on a wide range of topics and with various theoretical approaches, yet we have particular strengths in the following concentrated areas of study: Classical Rhetoric and Ancient Culture,.Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory, Film and Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality, History and Theory, .Law, .Literary and Cultural Studies, Political and Social Thought, Race and Ethnicity. We are particularly interested in people who want to work critically within (and between) constituted disciplines.

    Please note that the Rhetoric Department admits students for a PhD only. Although an MA degree is awarded after partial completion of the requirements for the PhD, there is no MA program as such with its own curriculum.

  • Admission Information:
  • Students are admitted to the graduate program in the fall semester only. For information on graduate admissions and the electronic application, see

    Submission of the online application including a Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement.
    A $70 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; $90 fee for all others.
    3 letters of recommendation.
    A writing sample of a suggested length not to exceed 30 pages.
    A statement about foreign language proficiency, if any (be specific: how long, at what level, what kind of familiarity, i.e., conversational or reading).
    Official GRE scores no more than 5 years old (use departmental code 4506).

  • Financial Aids:
  • Most graduate students hold teaching assistantships for a substantial portion of their graduate careers. Normally, the first assistantship begins in the first semester of graduate study; graduate teaching appointments are usually available for eight semesters.
    University fellowships including dissertation year fellowships are awarded by Graduate Division during spring semester on the basis of nominations by the Department.

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