Program in Writing and Literature Stony Brook Southampton Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Writing and Literature Stony Brook Southampton Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University offers a course of study that leads to a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing. Offered in conjunction with the departments of English and linguistics, this graduate certificate program complements graduate work in literary studies and provides professional development for teachers of academic writing.

The field of composition studies is multi-disciplinary. Its theories, research, and practices are derived from psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, cognitive psychology, language acquisition research, genre theory, rhetorical theory, and linguistic anthropology.

Since the program's curriculum encompasses all aspects of the field, individuals graduate better equipped to diagnose students' writing problems and apply teaching strategies that help students overcome their difficulties. Participantsalso leave the program well-prepared to begin doctoral research in composition.

Student Population Description

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University provides students with an excellent foundation for teaching writing at the college, high school, and middle school levels.

It is designed for three groups: (1) middle school, high school, and college teachers who are pursuing advanced training, accreditation, or promotion; (2) master's of arts (M.A.) and master's of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) candidates in English who are preparing for careers in teaching at the high school or community college levels; and (3) Ph.D. candidates in English who would like a broad-based degree program, or who plan to conduct research in composition studies.

A Rigorous Curriculum

Students are required to take 5 courses and earn 15 credits to receive a certificate. They must also complete a practicum that requires them to teach a beginning writing workshop and take a seminar that supports the practicum experience. The practicum provides hands-on experience with designing writing assignments, sequencing assignments, motivating writing, writing skill development, and evaluating writing.

A Broad Range of Courses

The program's curriculum covers a wide-range of areas including the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, pedagogical theory, English grammar, linguistics, and research in writing practices. Specific courses include Literary Theory: Rhetoric; TESOL Pedagogy; Theory and Practice; Structure of English; Introduction to General Linguistics; Research in Composition; and Composition Theory.

Faculty Expertise

Faculty members have a wide-variety of professional interests and are prolific writers and researchers. For instance, Eugene Hammond, Ph.D., the director of the writing program at Stony Brook U, has written books on the subjects of writing and teaching writing, published a number of articles in scholarly journals, and presented his work at numerous conferences.

Patricia Dunn, Ph.D. is an associate professor of English whose professional interests include composition and rhetoric, English education, and disability studies. She has also published several articles and presented her work at a number of conferences.

Ellen Broselow, Ph.D. focuses her research on phonological theory, second language acquisition, and phonetic structure.

Admissions into the Graduate Certificate Program at Stony Brook

Individuals who are already graduate students at Stony Brook may apply to the program at any time. Admission to the graduate certificate program involves completing a brief form.

However, Stony Brook University's admissions process for non-students is more involved. Applicants must submit a graduate school application form, statement of purpose, official transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation.

About Stony Brook University

A member of the State University of New York network, Stony Brook University was established in 1957. It is the academic home to nearly 25,000 students and has 102 master's programs, 40 doctoral programs, and 32 graduate certificate programs.

Located in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island in the northeastern region of the United States, the university provides academically-demanding programs, conducts cutting-edge research, and maintains a diverse and supportive community. Because of its commitment to academic excellence Stony Brook University has a ranking on U.S. News and World Report's 2010 list of the top 100 national universities in the country.

Moreover, the Times Higher Education "World University Rankings 2010" designates Stony Brook University as one of the top 200 universities in the world. In addition, the Chronicle of Higher Education places Stony Brook on its list of the top 20 most productive research universities in the nation.

Support for Graduate Students

Stony Brook's Graduate Student Organization (GSO) offers graduate students support and helps them make social connections. GSO also protects graduate students' rights, promotes their interests, and facilitates their participation in university affairs.

GSO supports a number of programs that benefit graduate students, including a legal clinic, a tax clinic, student clubs, student organizations, recreational programs, a speaker series, and cultural events.

Student Life at Stony Brook

Stony Brook University provides a full range of resources for its students including academic, career, childcare, commuter, counseling, dining, health care, and housing services; recreational programs and intercollegiate athletics; and outreach, prevention, and wellness programs.

Because the university is located on Long Island just 60 miles from New York City, students can enjoy a wide-variety of beaches; parks; restaurants; and cultural, entertainment, and shopping venues. They may also venture into fascinating New York City to explore the myriad of cultural, recreational, and entertainment options that it has to offer.

Location & Contact

Program in Writing and Literature

Stony Brook Southampton
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Robert Reeves


Phone: 631-632-5030
Fax: 631-632-2576

Prof. Julie Sheehan

Program Director

Phone: 631-632-5030
Fax: 631-632-2576

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Scientific Writing Master of Fine Arts (MFA) [environmental]
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA) [medical]
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA) [technological]
    • Scriptwriting Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Fiction Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Poetry Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 14
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 7
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


71% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 63
    • Accepted 44
    • Acceptance Rate 71
    • Enrolled 25
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students101
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students101
    • Part-time Percentage64%
    • Full-time Percentage36%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian68%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown21%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty38
    • Full-time Percentage16%
    • Part-time Percentage84%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%