All Writing Is Creative

The art and science of writing

While the study of rhetoric is central to liberal arts education, in the Writing and Rhetoric (WRIT) major at St. Edward’s, we also see it as creative and ultimately practical. In its broadest sense, rhetoric is the study of how humans write, argue, express themselves, and communicate. 

The recently updated WRIT major provides a varied set of core courses, along with four concentrations for students to customize their education and interests. The four concentrations are Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Journalism and Digital Media, and a General Writing Studies concentration, which is a particularly good path for students who want to pursue graduate studies in rhetoric.

Our faculty has a broad range of specialties from rhetorical theory to the practice of writing in a variety of professions. We are committed to students’ success as thinkers, writers, researchers, and citizens of the world. We mentor and support our students throughout their undergraduate careers and beyond, helping them to identify their long-term goals and preparing them for employment and graduate school with internships, service learning, a dedicated Career Preparation course, and a Senior Project.

Our graduates go on to careers in journalism, technical writing and editing, publishing, politics and political communication, law, teaching, and many more fields. Our alumni include poets, sportswriters, novelists, travel writers, attorneys, fashion and beer bloggers, grant writers, and White House communications specialists.

Concentrations

Writing and Rhetoric (WRIT) offers four courses of study or "concentrations." Students can choose a structured Creative Writing, Professional Writing, or Journalism and Digital Media concentration, or opt for the flexible General concentration, which offers a broad range of genres and writing situations.

Creative Writing

Students will select courses from traditional genres such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and writing for stage and screen as well as emerging and hybrid genres. Our Creative Writing faculty is led by award-winning working artists.  In addition to traditional workshop-based writing courses, this specialization includes courses in literature and professional writing to create customized writing experiences.

Professional Writing

The professional writing specialization provides students with timely coursework that they can apply in the job market. The professional writing faculty, whose experience ranges from the courtroom to the conference room, provide students with an array of skills and problem-solving strategies. Students can choose coursework in editing, magazine writing, advertising and public relations, technical and business writing, and document design as well as courses in journalism and creative writing.

Journalism and Digital Media

Students in this specialization take courses in interactive media and design, online journalism, copy editing and media standards. They select additional courses in various areas of journalism, including magazine writing, opinion writing, broadcast journalism, documentary, entertainment writing, and sportswriting. 

General

For students who would like to develop their versatility as writers and scholars, the general track provides a specialization with a wide variety of options. With a solid foundation in grammar, style, and rhetorical theory, students can choose to customize a course of study that may include classes Legal Writing, Entertainment Journalism, or Humor Writing, just to name a few.

Student Publications

In the WRIT major, students have the opportunity for hands-on experience writing, editing, and publishing in a variety of media and genres. Participating in student publications is the ultimate way to build a portfolio.

Hilltop Views is our award-winning student-run newspaper. In both print and electronic formats, student journalists, editors, photographers, designers, and writers constantly report news and develop content that informs, entertains, and reflects the St. Edward’s community.

Sorin Oak Review is our creative writing and expression journal. Sorin Oak publishes poetry, prose, scripts, visual art, and hybrid genres for this annual publication. Students produce this journal from concept to design to production.

Arete is our award-winning academic journal. Published annually, Arete is a showcase for outstanding academic work by students across disciplines. Students jury, select, and edit submissions and collaborate to design and produce the journal.

New Literati, like Sorin Oak, is a creative expression publication that was originally produced by the university’s adult education branch. It is now published in collaboration with the traditional undergraduate program.

Careers

In the popular imagination, writers are often depicted as teachers and novelists. While our graduates do occasionally go into these fields, those alumni are not in the majority. According to the US Department of Labor Statistics, professional writing is a growing field. Thanks to the Information Age, the Writing and Rhetoric degree is practical, versatile, and in demand in a wide variety of professions.  Here are some of the things our graduates are doing.

  • Reporting for The Austin-American Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, and other news outlets.

  • Sports writing for the Tampa Bay Rays

  • Lyricist/Performing Artist (rap, jazz, and pop music)

  • Political campaign management and White House communications

  • Social media and digital content management

  • Travel writing

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Creative writing

  • Technical writing and editing

  • Graduate School: Law School, MFA, Rhetoric and Composition Studies, Technical Writing, Publishing

  • Journalism

  • Fellowships: Multiple Fulbright Scholars

  • Library and information science

  • Humor writing

  • Nonprofit communications

  • Marketing copywriting

  • Magazine and freelance writing

  • Book publishing and bookselling

  • Videogame writing

  • Script writing

Graduate Studies

WRIT graduates often choose to go on to graduate studies in a broad range of disciplines. Our alumni have been accepted, often with generous scholarships, to programs in

  • Creative Writing (MFA)

  • Rhetoric and Composition Studies (MA and PhD)

  • Library and Information Sciences (MLIS)

  • Technical Writing (MA)

  • Journalism and Magazine Writing (MA)

  • Law School (JD)

  • Publishing (certification) 

Here are just a few of the graduate schools that have accepted our alumni:

  • Dartmouth University

  • Carnegie-Mellon University

  • Sarah Lawrence College

  • New York University

  • Columbia University

  • The University of Denver

  • Boston University

  • Syracuse University, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication

  • Baylor University

  • Texas Tech University

  • The University of Colorado (Boulder)

  • The University of Texas

  • The University of Texas Law School

  • The University of Washington

  • Texas Christian University

  • Texas A&M University

  • Texas State University

Looking for a versatile, rewarding degree? Get it in Writing at St. Edward’s University.

Internships

All WRIT majors are required to complete at least one internship for course credit. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Clements at amyrc [at] stedwards.edu. Participation in an internship gives students an inside look at potential careers and provides important networking opportunities.

Faculty

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The Writing and Rhetoric faculty are experienced, passionate, and invested in each individual student's success. All are published writers. Their work has appeared in professional journals, short-story collections, books, newspapers, and more. Collectively, their interests cover a multitude of areas, providing students with a diversity of expertise and inspiration to draw from.

Some of their interests include:
  • American publishing in the early 20th century
  • The rhetoric of advertising
  • Editing for trade, literary and scholarly audiences
  • Creative writing
  • Digital technology in the newsroom
  • Newsroom innovation
  • Narrative storytelling
  • New online forms for long-form journalism
  • Citizen journalism
  • Rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Composition theory and pedagogy
  • Argumentation
  • Legal writing

“When we enhance a student’s literacy skills, we score a victory for truth.”
— Amy Clements

“Journalism matters to me because it is both the practice and study of the stories we tell to understand ourselves and others.”
— Jena Heath

“Increasing the world's supply of mindful, adept, ethical, employable writers and thinkers is one good way to help design the future.”
— Drew Loewe

“Even if my students never enroll in a PhD program, I want them to embrace their roles as writers, readers and researchers throughout their undergraduate education.”
— Moriah McCracken