Writing and Rhetoric

Part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the Writing and Rhetoric Program offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

Faculty: Professors Reynolds and Schwegler; Associate Professors Dyehouse, Hensley Owens, and Miles; Assistant Professors Gottschalk-Druschke, Omizo, and Ledbetter; Professor Emerita Shamoon.

The Major. This major is designed for undergraduate students who seek to expand their repertoire of writing for various public and private audiences. Graduates will have a strong foundation in rhetorical theory balanced with a wide range of situational practices common to professional writers. Coursework is balanced between in-class learning and experiential fieldwork in real-world settings. All graduates design their own digital electronic portfolios prior to graduation, demonstrating their ability to work with a range of technologies in producing and distributing their polished writing.

Writing and rhetoric majors must complete 30 credits (maximum 51) including the core courses of WRT 201, 235, 360, 490, and 495. Acceptable substitutions for WRT 490 are WRT 435, 484, or 512 (with curriculum modification form). At least 15 credits for the major must be completed from writing courses numbered 300 or above. Writing and rhetoric majors are strongly encouraged to complete a practicum experience, such as an internship (WRT 484) or a field experience course (WRT 383 or 385). A maximum of three credits for each of these experiential courses can count towards the major, unless the project substantially changes. Undergraduates wishing to take a 500- or 600-level course must secure the instructor’s permission.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

The Minor. Students who declare a minor in writing and rhetoric must complete 18 credits from WRT courses at or above the 200-level. Students must take at least one 200-level course. Students can apply toward the minor a maximum of three credits earned through WRT 383 and WRT 484 each. 100-level courses and WRT 391 and 392 will not be counted as part of the minor.