"Rhetoric is the art, practice, and study of human communication."~ Andrea Lunsford"
An undergraduate English major with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Writing deepens your understanding of a range of writing situations, improves your writing abilities, and provides a solid background for a number of career paths, including professional writing, teaching, creative writing, journalism, linguistics, and graduate studies, as well as other communication-related fields.
As you explore connections among language, culture, and power, you will learn to use the art of writing to inquire, to collaborate with others, and to act in context. You will learn to use effective composing processes for various audiences, purposes, and genres. Ultimately, a concentration in Rhetoric and Writing empowers you to examine and shape your world through language.
Download Rhetoric & Writing Emphasis English Major checklist.
A student graduating from this program will be able to
1. Select and modify writing strategies for different discourse communities
2. Analyze and adapt genre conventions related to focus, organization, development, style, editing, design and publishing
3. Work through effective composing processes, using writing as a means of learning
4. Write collaboratively, give feedback to others, and use feedback in revision
5. Analyze and critique a variety of texts and media, including print, digital and visual
6. Analyze and explain how language shapes and is shaped by culture, history and politics
7. Conduct research and integrate appropriate primary and secondary sources
8. Engage in disciplinary conversations, drawing on traditional and contemporary studies of rhetoric and writing
The Rhetoric & Writing Emphasis provides a solid background for a number of career paths. As you complete your degree requirements, you may sample courses from different areas for maximum versatility, or you may choose to specialize in one of these ways:
The Writing Portfolio is the culmination of your work in the major. As you take courses, you will complete many different writing projects, which you will collect as a working portfolio. Near the end of your studies, when you take the capstone course for the major (Eng 413: Writing Portfolio), you will select, revise and reflect on the best of your work to demonstrate your rhetorical competence and writing abilities.
Students enrolled in the Rhetoric & Writing Emphasis may specialize in one or more of these types of writing as they work through the program:
Students engage in and make contributions to disciplinary conversations, learning the conventions of particular academic discourse communities as they investigate and develop expertise on key theories and concepts in the discipline. The following genres are included under this heading:
Students compose a range of original creative works for specific audiences as they work through an exhaustive composing process, one involving the generation of original content, the practice of revision, and the development of publication-quality manuscripts. Student writers also engage with a community of writers and readers on and off campus. Below are some examples of genres in this category:
Students critique and produce texts that circulate or are intended to circulate in a variety of professional, organizational, and workplace settings. Students analyze and negotiate multiple purposes and audiences as they critique the ethical and political dimensions of professional and organizational communications. Examples include the following:
Journalistic writing involves communicating with public and civic audiences, not only through newspapers and magazines but also through new media and social networking. By investigating print and digital publication venues, students develop an understanding of audience demographics and contexts which are particular to the journalistic styles and formats. Examples are diverse but include
This page provides a sampling of links for Rhetoric & Writing English Majors.
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