University of Southern Indiana
Composition professor

Rhetoric and Writing

Rhetoric and writing programs at the University of Southern Indiana are designed to develop skills valued by professions such as marketing, business, law, technical writing, education, healthcare or publishing. A blend of marketplace-oriented writing courses in technical writing, grant writing and web authoring offer real-world writing experience, often through service learning projects for regional community partners, while foundational courses in rhetorical and composition theory prepare students to teach writing or to pursue graduate study in rhetoric and composition.

Rhetoric and writing courses complement degrees in education, business, science, healthcare, engineering and social services, as well as all other fields where creativity, critical thinking and clear communication skills are prized.

Each rhetoric and writing student is encouraged to consult with faculty advisors to design a flexible program of study that best fits her or his career goals. Rhetoric and writing faculty work with students to find local internships, complete individual research projects and create professional writing portfolios for the modern workplace. 

Rhetoric and Writing Programs

The English Department offers a major in English with a rhetoric and writing emphasis, as well as a minor in rhetoric and writing and a certificate in writing.

The major in English with a rhetoric and writing emphasis culminates in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 semester hours in the same foreign language or demonstration of proficiency at that level of study.


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