English Writing and Rhetoric

The Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric at St. Edward’s explores the nuances of the written word and visual rhetoric. Through your mastery of language and basic design principles, you’ll learn to captivate your audience — whether you seek to educate, persuade or entertain. You’ll develop the vocabulary, fluency, style and voice to thrive in a world shaped by words and images and mediated by changing technologies.

One of only a few undergraduate rhetoric programs in the nation, this degree takes a practical approach, teaching you to write and design texts that communicate clearly and effectively in print and electronic media to suit professional, academic or creative career settings. It is also excellent preparation for many graduate programs or for law school. Students may also interact with award-winning writers through our Visiting Writers Series, in which writers read from their works and conduct workshops in creative writing.

Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric

Overview:

As a BA in English Writing and Rhetoric major, you’ll focus on the field of writing that interests you most. In faculty-led critique sessions with classmates, you’ll analyze the nuances of effective communication and learn to give and receive feedback. You’ll use these skills to refine a body of professional-level work. When you graduate, you’ll have a portfolio that proves to employers or graduate schools that you can deliver polished, cogent material.

Many students select this degree to prepare for entry into law school or graduate studies in a variety of fields, where their articulate writing and rhetorical skills come to bear. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, an internship and program events — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of doing graduate work.

Graduates with a BA in English Writing and Rhetoric use their exceptional command of language to enter many careers. Some publish novels, craft books of poetry or develop screenplays. Others enter politics, become speech writers or investigate the truth as journalists. Others utilize their persuasive writing talents as marketing or advertising writers or document the world around them as bloggers. Some go on to teach at the secondary school level, while others pursue advanced degrees for college-level teaching positions.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• American Grammar
• Revising and Editing
• Text and Discourse Analysis
• Document Design
• Technical and Business Communication
• Theories of Rhetoric and Composition
• Current Theories of Rhetoric and Composition
• Career Preparation
• Internship**
** For students who don’t have at least three years of workplace writing; students with workplace experience will take another upper-division course from their specialization’s electives. This course may be repeated for credit with the permission of the internship coordinator.

Areas of Specialization
In addition to completing the core requirements, English Writing and Rhetoric majors must complete the requirements specified in one of
the three specializations below.
General Specialization (18 Credit Hours)
Required Courses:
• Principles of Style
Choose two of the following courses:
• Writing Online
• Print Production
• Magazine Writing
Electives
Choose three of the following courses:
• Any course not previously taken from English Writing and Rhetoric
• Any Journalism course
• Literary Criticism or Introduction to Linguistics

Professional Writing Specialization (18 Credit Hours)
Required Courses:

• Principles of Style
Choose two of the following courses:
• Journalism I
• Writing for Advertising, Public Relations and Publicity
• Media Writing
• Writing Online
• Print Production
• Advanced Editing
• Magazine Writing
• Grant Proposal Writing
Electives
Choose three of the following courses:
Media and Professional Presentations
• Literary Criticism
• Research and Argumentation
• Writing for Advertising, Public Relations and Publicity
• Legal Writing
• Special Nonfiction Writing Topics
• Media Writing
• Writing Online
• Print Production
• Advanced Editing
• Magazine Writing
• Grant Proposal Writing
• Internship
• Media and Professional Presentations
• Journalism I
• Opinion Writing
• Entertainment Journalism
• Newspaper Design
• Journalism II: Online Journalism
• Journalism III
• Introduction to Linguistics

Creative Writing Specialization (18 Credit Hours)
Required Courses:

Choose two of the following courses:
• Poetry Workshop I
• Fiction Workshop I
• Playwriting Workshop I
• Special Creative Writing Workshops
• Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Choose one of the following courses:
• Poetry Writing II
• Fiction Writing II
• Stage and Screen Writing II
• Special Topics in Intermediate Creative Writing
Choose one of the following courses:
• Poetry Studies
• American Novel to 1890
• Victorian Novel
• Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature
• Victorian Prose and Poetry
• Drama Studies
• Special Topics in Literature
• Modern American Poetry
• Modern and Postmodern Literature
• Turn of the Century and Early Modern Novel
• The 18th-Century British Novel
Electives
Choose two of the following courses:
• Poetry Studies
• Drama Studies
• Special Topics in Literature
• Modern American Poetry
• Women Writers
• Turn of the Century and Early Modern Novel
• Literary Criticism
• Poetry Workshop I
• Fiction Workshop I
• Playwriting Workshop I
• Special Creative Writing Workshops
• Creative Nonfiction Workshop
• Special Nonfiction Writing Topics
• Intermediate Creative Writing
• Principles of Style
• Writing Online
• Print Production
• Magazine Writing
• Advanced Creative Writing Seminar
• Grant Proposal Writing
• Journalism I
• Opinion Writing
• Entertainment Journalism
• Newspaper Design
• Journalism II
• Journalism III
• Introduction to Linguistics

Journalism Specialization (18 Credit Hours)
Required Courses:

• Interactive Media Production and Design
• Introduction to Journalism
• Journalism II: Online Journalism
• Media Standards and Practices
Electives
Choose two of the following courses:
• Opinion Writing
• Entertainment Journalism
• Journalism III
• Special Topics in Print Journalism
• Special Topics in Broadcast Journalism
• Documentary
• Magazine Writing

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.