Writing & Rhetoric is:

  • A contemporary field with its ancient roots in intellectual and democratic history.
  • Engages with projects with consequences.
  • A major that gets things done.

Our Program Is:

  • Interdisciplinary, with half of our students as double-majors
  • Experiential, with opportunities for internships and fieldwork
  • Technology-rich, with hands-on and production-based classes
  • Community-based, with real-world projects growing from issues of local significance

 Our graduates:

  • Graduates can demonstrate and articulate familiarity with rhetorical theories and histories from the classical period to the present.
  • Graduates can demonstrate and articulate familiarity with the histories and major theories of composition studies from the 20th century to the present.
  • Graduates are able to sustain a scholarly discussion in at least one secondary area beyond the primary area of the dissertation.
  • Graduates can define key terms in the field using existing scholarship.
  • Graduates are able to engage with a range of research methods and modalities common to Rhetoric & Composition, including empirical, textual, and theory work.
  • Graduates can demonstrate an advanced proficiency with, and understanding of, at least one major research method common to the field.
  • Graduates are able to construct an individual research project and to develop a research agenda that addresses and incorporates important and timely questions relevant to the field.
  • Graduates can identify the leading professional journals, conferences, and membership organizations in Rhetoric & Composition.
  • Graduates can demonstrate the ability to work within the conventions of scholarly articles in the field.
  • Graduates can synthesize existing scholarship to create literature reviews offering new academic arguments and situating their own scholarship within ongoing conversations and larger contexts.
  • Graduates can produce effective and cohesive texts within controlled timeframes.
  • Graduates are adept at using pedagogy appropriate to teaching first-year writing and/or literature courses.
  • Graduates can develop creative course designs for upper-division writing curricula.
  • Graduates can effectively use web-based and electronic teaching tools and methods.
  • Supervised graduates can effectively engage in work common to administrative positions in Rhetoric & Composition (e.g., writing major, writing program, writing centers, technology labs, assessment, publicity, placement, etc.).
  • Graduates connect their supervised administrative experiences to current scholarship and trends in the field.

Writing & Rhetoric participates in a wide range of activities. Please explore the links below to learn more about each one.