Concentration Requirements

Students must complete 24 credit hours comprising 8 courses (see below). Additional requirements include: passing a self-administered (WebCT) exam on Standard Edited English and other grammatical matters and compiling a writing clip book and e-portfolio of the student's best work.

  1. Three courses in writing practice
  2. One practicum course or writing-intensive internship
  3. Two courses in theory of composition, history of the language, rhetorical theory or critical theory
  4. Two English Department courses in English language or advanced textual analysis (All writing enriched or writing intensive literature courses above 2100 will satisfy this requirement.)
  5. Pass a self-administered (WebCT) exam on Standard Edited English and other grammatical matters
  6. Compile a clip book
  7. Create an e-portfolio
  8. Attend two CWR lectures or events

Course Requirements

All courses are to be Writing Enriched or Writing Intensive. In certain cases, the program director may permit students to substitute other courses for those required or permit other exceptions to the guidelines. A maximum of five courses may be taken from any one department.

1. Three courses primarily in writing practice at the intermediate or advanced level
ENG 2000 - Adv Expository Writing
ENG 2003 - Intro to Creative Writing
ENG 2005 - Writing of Short Story
ENG 2006 - The Writing of Poetry
ENG 2007 - The Writing of Screenplays

ENG 2009 - Writing the Traditional Novel
ENG 2010 - Technical Writing
ENG 2011 - Writing the Experimental Novel
ENG 2012 - Advanced Creative Writing
ENG 2015 - Business Communication
ENG 2020 - Journalism
ENG 2041 - Travel Writing

ENG 2045 - Sp Top in Writing & Rhetoric - Graphic Novels (When these courses are focused primarily on writing practice)
ENG 2045 - Sp Top in Writing & Rhetoric - The Craft of the Popular Essay
ENG 2045 - Sp Top in Writing & Rhetoric - Professional Writing
ENG 2050 - Writing for Magazines
ENG 2060 - Desktop Publishing
ENG 2070 - Legal Writing and Analysis
COM 3205 - Adv Speaking & Speechwriting
COM 3240 - Performance for Social Change
COM 3241 - Performance of Literature
COM 3243 - Performance Art
COM 3246 - Performance of Greek Lit
COM 3303 - Screenwriting
COM 3305 - Radio Broadcasting
COM 3307 - Multimedia Production
COM 3360 - Introduction to Journalism
COM 3361 - Journalism Practices
COM 3362 - Feature Writing
COM 3363 - Broadcast Journalism
COM 3460 - Public Relations
COM 3462 - Public Relations Writing
COM 3290 - Spec Top in Rhetoric & Perf
COM 3390 - Spec Top in Media & Film
COM 3390 - Spec Top in Media & Film - Mass Communication in the Digital Age
THE 3007 - Playwriting
(open to select undergraduates only) GIS 4277 - Writing Brazilian Culture
2. Two courses in composition theory, rhetorical theory, critical theory or history of language/cultural texts
ENG 2042 - Web Writing Theory & Practice
ENG 2043 - Writing About US Pop Culture
ENG 2045 - Sp Top in Writing & Rhetoric (When these courses are focused on critical theory)

ENG 2250 - Ways of Reading: Lit Analysis
CST 2100 - Intro. to Cultural Studies
ENG 3600 From News to Novels
PHI 2010 - Logic & Critical Thinking
PHI 2170 - Mass Media Ethics
PHI 2180 - Computer Ethics
PHI 2710 - Theories of Knowledge
PHI 2750 - Philosophy of Art
PHI 2760 - Philosophy & Literature
PHI 3020 - History of Ancient Philosophy
PHI 4140 - Phil of Contemporary Music
PHI 4150 - Philosophy & Film
PHI 4200 - Philosophy of Language
PHI 4875 - Hermeneutics
COM 2200 - Theories of Rhetoric
COM 2210 Rhetoric and Public Discourse
COM 2240 - Theories of Perform Studies
COM 2280 - Theories of Persuasion
COM 2300 - Theories of Mass Communication
COM 2340 - Theories of Visual Com & Cultu
COM 2350 Rhetoric & Social Ritual
COM 2400 - Theories of Interpersonal Com
COM 3201 - Rhetoric & Social Justice
COM 3202 - Rhetoric, Identity & Conflict
COM 3203 - Communication Law & Policy
COM 3204 - Rhetoric and Democracy
COM 3206 - Argumentation & Advocacy
COM 3207 - African American Rhetoric
COM 3304 - Documentary Theory & Practice
COM 3341 - Gender and Film
COM 3351 - Media & Society
COM 3352 - Media & Technology
COM 3353 - Media & Politics
COM 3354 - Media Criticism
COM 3390 - Spec Top in Media & Film (Credit depends on course. See Director)
COM 3403 - Intercultural Communication
COM 3406 - Gender & Communication
COM 5150 - Spec Top in Communication - Communication and Social Change
COM 5150 - Spec Top in Communication (Credit depends on course. See Director)
COM 5200 - Topics (Credit depends on course. See Director)
3. One practicum course ENG 2030 - Tutoring Writers - Theory and Practice
ENG 2060 - Desktop Publishing (students work for campus organization or off campus non-profit)


ENG 2993 or ENG 2996 - Internship (in a related area)
COM 2993 or COM 2996 - Communication Internship (in a related area in the for-profit or non-profit sector. Only English and Communication majors and minors may take the internship courses.)
PJ 4650 - Service Learning Practicum (When the practicum involves a good deal of writing)
4. Two Writing Enriched or Writing Intensive upper level literature courses
Selected from English Department offerings which include a rhetorical approach (broadly defined). All writing enriched or writing intensive literature courses above 2100 will satisfy this requirement.

Additional Requirements and Information

  1. Students must have a 3.0 average or better to enroll in the Concentration. To successfully complete the Concentration, students must achieve a 3.0 average in their Concentration courses.
  2. Graduation Pledge Alliance
    Students graduating with the Concentration or Minor in Writing and Rhetoric will be given the option of joining the "Graduation Pledge Alliance," Initiated at Humboldt State University in California.

Requirements for Admission & Completion

Requirements
Students must apply for admission to the program (Concentration). Submit the application packet to Dr. Karyn Hollis, Director of the Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric, English Department. Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be contacted by Dr. Hollis for an initial advising interview.

Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better to enroll in the Concentration. Students must maintain a 3.00 average in all Concentration courses.

After successfully completing all course requirements, a WebCt grammar/editing exam, a writing practicum or internship, a clip-book (hardcopy) and web-based portfolio, a successfully critiqued and revised entrance essay, students will be awarded the Concentration certificate. The Concentration will also be noted on the student's transcript.

CWR students may check their application and progress in the program here.

Students have to attend two Concentration events over the course of their enrollment in the program.

Admission Packet
Complete an "Application for the Concentration/Minor in Writing and Rhetoric" and submit it along with the following:

Application Essay (1-2 pages) - Explain how your experience and training--both curricular and extra-curricular--qualify you for the Concentration. Indicate your career goals and how the Concentration may help to attain them.

Critical or Research Paper (5-10 pages) - This must be a recent paper written for a course at Villanova University. A workplace writing sample may also be submitted.

Transcript to certify your GPA

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