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Rhetoric and Writing

What is it?

If you're aiming to work in management, law, politics, publishing, or education, your success will depend on how effectively you can analyze written texts and communicate in writing. By taking a concentration in Rhetoric and Writing, you will not only study some of the hottest approaches to written communication and the latest research on reaching readers, but you'll also learn arts of persuasion that date back to Ancient Greece and Rome.

What are the benefits?

An emphasis in rhetoric will prepare you to:

  • Recognize techniques of argument in a variety of texts--historical and modern, literary and everyday
  • Engage in ethical debates: does good rhetoric create good citizens? Who are 'good' rhetors?
  • Sharpen the skills you'll need in professional practice

Relevant Courses

ENGL 470: Rhetorical Theory and Practice
ENGL 471: Rhetorical Traditions
ENGL 472: Current Theories of Writing and Reading
ENGL 473: Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse
ENGL 474: Issues in Rhetoric and Composition

* NOTE: The above five courses may be taken twice for credit, as long as the specific topic has changed.

ENGL 202: Effective Writing
ENGL 211: Introduction to Writing Studies
ENGL 250: Peer Tutoring in Writing
ENGL 407: History of the English Language
ENGL 415: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 416: Science Writing
ENGL 417: The Editorial Process
ENGL 418: Advanced Technical Writing and Editing
ENGL 420: Writing for the Web
ENGL 421: Advanced Expository Writing
ENGL 495: Internship (3 credits only)

Those in the Rhetoric and Writing concentration can earn a full minor in Rhetoric by completing two additional courses.

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