Sample Curriculum Sequence

Listed below is a course sequence for a student who begins the concentration in his or her junior year. Since there is a wide variety of courses to choose from, the sequence below represents one among many possible course selections over the two years.

Junior Year


  • Pass editing/grammar exam
  • ENG 2000 - Adv Expository Writing
  • COM 3207 - African American Rhetoric


  • ENG 2050 - Writing for Magazines
  • COM 2210 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

Senior Year



  • ENG 4621 - Amer Novel since 1950
  • Produce "clip book" portfolio
  • Produce academic/professional web page

Requirements for Admission & Completion

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