Undergraduates with interests in writing and rhetoric have a number of opportunities to develop those interests beyond their experiences in first-year writing. The department regularly offers several 200 and 300-level courses in writing and rhetoric, including:

  • Rhetorical Practice and Writing Communities (English 254);
  • Autobiographical Writing (English 258B);
  • Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (English 275);
  • Writing: Uses of Literacy (English 354); and,
  • Rhetoric: Argument & Society (English 376).

Undergraduate English majors may also pursue a Writing & Rhetoric concentration within the major.

Many of our undergraduates publish their writing in Laurus (the undergraduate literary magazine) and Plains Song Review, and submit their writing to the English department's literary contests (held each spring).

Students who graduate with a concentration in writing and rhetoric are prepared for wide array of professional work such as:

  • writing intensive careers (including editing);
  • community and workplace literacy; and,
  • professional and graduate school (including graduate study in English, law, and English education).