Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change Specialization
Theory and Practice
Students in this specialization join a vibrant community of scholars who research the transformative potential of writing and rhetoric and analyze the social, cultural, economic and historical forces shaping writing and rhetoric in theory and practice. Through analysis of and engagement with diverse contexts for writing, students create and apply methods for addressing shared social problems in classrooms and communities. Our graduates study in top tier rhetoric and composition Ph.D. programs, teach composition and rhetoric at secondary and post-secondary levels, and work for social change through careers in government, publishing, industry, and non-profit organizations.
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Teach and reshape lives through classrooms and communities. Work for social change through government, industry, nonproﬁt. Direct a Writing Center or Writing across the Curriculum program. Work in Public Relations, professional writing or technical writing. Write for the public sphere, eﬀect policy, inﬂuence digital culture and challenge boundaries.
Draw on a wide range of resources. These include, but aren’t limited to, a nationally recognized faculty with expertise in the history, practice, and theory of writing and writing instruction
Course offerings within the department covering key issues in the field
Courses offered in related departments, such as Speech Communication and Journalism and Technical Communication
Nationally recognized program for preparing graduate students to teach writing
Strong commitment to innovative uses of technology to support writers and teachers of writing, including a dedicated computer lab for graduate students, two computer-supported writing classrooms, and resources available online
Opportunity to participate in funded research conducted through the University’s Center for Research on Writing and Communication Technologies
- Assistant Professor
Genesea M. Carter
- Associate Director of Composition
- Assistant Professor
- Associate Professor, Director of Composition, Director of the Center for the Study of Academic Labor, and Vice Chair of Faculty Council