You don't have to wait until graduate school to start focusing on what you love. Have an interest in composition and rhetoric? Consider choosing a composition and rhetoric concentration to your English major, or get involved with literary magazines and student organizations that will help you improve your skills in writing, editing and publishing.

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Choose a Concentration

Undergraduate English majors may also pursue a Composition & Rhetoric concentration within the major. Concentrations are designed individually with the help of the English Advising Office.

Composition & Rhetoric concentration

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Publish Your Writing

Many of our undergraduates publish their writing in Laurus (the undergraduate literary magazine) and Daily Nebraskan, and submit their writing to the English department's writing contests.

Get Involved

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Explore Careers

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

  • writing intensive careers
  • community and workplace literacy
  • professional and graduate school (English, law, education)

Career Planning

First Year Writing

Looking for information on first year composition courses (ENGL 150 and 151)?

First Year Writing info