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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. Students are also encourage, but not required to compile a writing clip book and e-portfolio of the student's best work.

  1. Three courses in writing practice
  2. Two courses in theory of composition, history of the language, rhetorical theory or critical theory
  3. One practicum course or writing-intensive internship
  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. Optional--Compile a clip book
  7. Optional--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.

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 3303 - Screenwriting
COM 3341 - Gender & Film
COM 3351 - Media & Society
COM 3352 - Media & Technology
COM 3353 - Media & Politics
COM 3354 - Media Criticism
COM 3360 - Introduction to Journalism
COM 3361 - Journalism Practices
COM 3363 - Broadcast Journalism
COM 3365 - Sports Journalism
COM 3366 - Multimedia Journalism
COM 3367 - Journalism Topics
COM 3390 - Spec Top in Media & Film*
COM 3403 - Intercultural Communication
COM 3406 - Gender & Communication
COM 3462 - Public Relations Writing
COM 3464 - Public Relations Campaigns
COM 4001 - Qualitative Research Methods


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
ENG 3600 - From News to Novels

COM 2200 - Theories of Rhetoric

COM 2240 - Theories of Performance Studies

COM 2280 - Theories of Persuasion

COM 2300 - Theories of Mass Communication

COM 2340 - Theories of Visual Communication and Culture
COM 3201 - Rhetoric & Social Justice
COM 3202 - Rhetoric, Identity & Conflict
COM 3203 - Communication Law & Policy
COM 3204 - Rhetoric and Democracy
COM 3205 - Advanced Speechwriting
COM 3206 - Argumentation & Advocacy
COM 3207 - African American Rhetoric
COM 3208 - Rhetoric & Myth
COM 3290 - Special Topics in Rhetoric

CST 2100 - Intro. to Cultural Studies

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

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)

Non-Credit bearing internships are also possible if they involve a substantial amount of writing. The internship must be approved by the Director of the Writing and Rhetoric Program.

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.

  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

Students must apply for admission to the program (Concentration). Submit the application to Dr. Ellen Bonds, Director of the Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric, English Department. Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be contacted by Dr. Bonds 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 an e-portfolio, students will be awarded the Concentration certificate. The Concentration will also be noted on the student's transcript.

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