Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy


Writing, Rhetoric, & Literacy Concentration

Write with Purpose

Choose the Writing, Rhetoric & Literacy concentration if you are interested in writing for public audiences, digital writing, community literacy, non-profit advocacy or professional/technical writing. In this concentration, you pursue the theory and practice of writing from a rhetorical perspective.

To find out what classes you take in this concentration, take a look at the Writing Advising Checksheet:

The Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy concentration offers you the opportunity to study

Study writing in a department that takes a humanistic approach to learning

Study writing and rhetoric with a focus on genre, audience, invention, and style

Study writing and writing theory in social, cultural, and historical contexts

What Are Students Saying?

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Kevin Reilly Jensen

“I chose to study English because the program was flexible enough for me to tailor it to my needs. As a prospective attorney, I needed classes where I could practice storytelling, as well as classes that taught technical writing and even how to communicate with an online audience. I was able to choose a series of courses that would be truly useful to my future career trying to communicate difficult ideas and arguments in a succinct and accessible way.”

~Kevin Reilly Jensen, BA English: Writing

“I think the most valuable skills I took from being an English major, at least in terms of preparing me for entering the workforce, are critical thinking and analyzing skills. Outside of my working life, being an English major taught me to see below the surface of things; to look, listen, examine things carefully; to find the beauty and excitement in the little details of life that usually go unnoticed.”

~Joe LaFond, BA in English: Writing

Joe LaFond