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Rhetoric and Composition Studies

English Major Advisement Audit Rhetoric and Composition Concentration

The Rhetoric and Composition concentration provides students with a thorough foundation in the subfields of rhetorical theory and composition studies. Rhetoric is a field with deep roots in the Western academic tradition. Aristotle defines it as “the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.” The study of rhetoric prepares students to be careful and critical readers and producers of texts (political arguments, films, literature, advertisements, social media, cultural movements, etc.). Composition studies, whose roots are in rhetoric, focuses on understanding the literacy practices of various groups ( e.g., fifth graders, book clubs, advocacy groups, and scientists) and theories and practices of teaching writing in various contexts (e.g., college classrooms, writing centers, prisons, and community centers). Through coursework in composition studies, students gain greater critical understanding of the processes they and others use to write, and develop strategies for improving their own writing and helping others to develop as writers as well.

Writing Intensive Gateway.

Students pursuing the Rhetoric and Composition concentration must take ENG 204 and may choose either ENG 203 or ENG 205 to complete the gateway requirement.

Rhetoric and Composition Concentration Requirements (18 credits)

Choose two courses (6 credits)

  • ENG 206 Multimodal Writing Workshop
  • ENG 271 Classical Rhetoric, Modern Contexts
  • ENG 272 Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism
  • ENG 273 Introductory Topics in Rhetoric and Composition

Choose four courses: 12 credits

  • ENG 300 Business and Technical Writing
  • ENG 305 Composing Multimodal Narratives
  • ENG 306 Digital Rhetorics and Literacies
  • ENG 362 Writing for Digital Environments
  • ENG 370 Composition ‑ Theory and Pedagogy
  • ENG 371 Rhetoric and Cultural Studies
  • ENG 373 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG 374 Rhetoric of the Hollywood Film
  • ENG 380 Creative Non-fiction
  • ENG 393 Latinx & Chicanx Rhetorics
  • ENG 480 Independent Study (on appropriate topic)

Students may count multiple sections of ENG 373, Studies in Rhetoric and Composition to complete their concentration, provided that those sections are on different topics. Internships in tutoring writing (either in the Writing Center or for sections of College Writing Plus) taken for academic credit may not be counted towards the Rhetoric and Composition concentration, but may be counted as electives in the English major.