Writing and Linguistics
College of Arts and Humanities

Rhetoric & Composition

What is Rhetoric & Composition?

Rhetoric & Composition is a vibrant field that includes Rhetoric, Composition, Cultural Studies, and Literacy. Rhetoric & Composition includes the study of writing as processes that are multimodal and socially powerful. Rhetoric & Composition uncovers the ways we write and how those structures help individuals and society make meaning in the world.


What can Rhetoric & Composition offer me?

Students trained in Rhetoric & Composition acquire the power to use writing and rhetoric in the pursuit of personal, political, professional, and social goals and how to research and produce writing in its twenty-first century forms, including digital Web texts, graphic novels, blogs, wikis, videos, and a variety of other multimodal compositions. Rhetoric & Composition students will learn how theory informs practice through critical thinking and analysis, rhetorical awareness, and best practices in writing research, writing pedagogy, and assessment. 


Is Rhetoric & Composition right for me?

In Rhetoric & Composition courses, students will have the opportunity to:

  • explore personal identity through research, writing, and theory
  • meld creativity with traditional genres to write in ways that
    help others make meaning of the world
  • play with a variety of forms and learn that message is inextricably influenced by form
  • discover and begin to apply best practices of teaching and assessing writing at a variety of levels
  • analyze social justice texts, media, and the connections between language and power

Job opportunities in Rhetoric & Composition

Graduates with training in Rhetoric & Composition work in large and small corporations, publishing houses, newspapers, non-profit organizations, and educational instruction. Some Rhetoric & Composition students from Georgia Southern have used their degrees to work as writers in diverse settings like: an Educational Technology Company that supports first generation college students; the Tesla car company, or teaching domestically (Washington DC) and abroad (Costa Rica).

Graduates are also well prepared to pursue graduate study in law, rhetoric/composition, digital humanities, cultural or gender studies, communication, English as a second language (ESL), and library science. Whereas other graduate students struggle with writing, Rhetoric & Composition students soar to success.


Rhetoric & Composition courses

  • WRIT 2230 Careers in Writing and Linguistics
  • WRIT 2340 Essential Grammar for Successful Writing
  • WRIT 3030 Selected Topics in Writing
  • WRIT 3100 Writing Autobiography
  • WRIT 3133 Tutoring Writing
  • WRIT 3433 Comic Books, Culture, and Composition
  • WRIT 3310 Digital Storytelling
  • WRIT 3435 Writing and Healing
  • WRIT 3460 Travel and Tourism Writing
  • WRIT 3520 Revision, Grammar, and Culture
  • WRIT 4550 Literacy and Identity
  • WRIT 4560 Writing for Social Change
  • WRIT 4570 Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture
  • WRIT 4790 Internship in Writing and Linguistics
  • WRIT 5030 Selected Topics in Writing
  • WRIT 5100 Writing for New Media
  • WRIT 5130 Modern English Grammar
  • WRIT 5330 Rhetoric
  • WRIT 5340 History of English Language
  • WRIT 5520 Writing for Publication
  • WRIT 5530 Sociolinguistics
  • WRIT 5533 Teaching College Composition
  • WRIT 5570 Advanced Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture

Last updated: 10/10/2020

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