Writing and Rhetoric
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CURRICULUM

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The writing and rhetoric program offers small, workshop-style classes and emphasizes the development and integration of thinking, reading, and writing skills. In every course, no matter what the topic, writing is approached as both art and craft. Students refine their talent for analysis and argument, learn to express their own ideas in highly creative ways, sharpen their sense of audience, and pay close attention to the details of grammar and style. Whether you plan to attend law school or become a computer scientist, a biochemist or a social worker, strong writing ability is important to your success. The writing and rhetoric program offers careful, individual attention to your growth as a writer.

The writing and rhetoric program offers a disciplinary major (B.A.) and a disciplinary minor.


COURSE LIST

If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in writing and rhetoric or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the Major

disciplinary 12 courses

  • Introductory course, 1 required
  • Core Courses, 3 required
    Emphasis on the study and application of writing as grammatical, discursive, rhetorical, and social.
  • Courses in Concentration, 4 required
    Choose from three concentrations: Journalism and Professional Writing; Theories of Writing and Rhetoric; Language as Social Action
  • Electives, 3 required
    One course in each remaining concentration and one other elective.
  • Capstone Seminar, 1 required
    Emphasis on the production of a publishable-quality text and the integration of knowledge of writing as grammatical, discursive, rhetorical, and social.

Requirements for the Minor

disciplinary, 7 courses

  • Introductory course, 1 required
  • Core Courses, 3 required
    Emphasis on the study and application of writing as grammatical, discursive, rhetorical, and social.
  • Two electives
  • Capstone Seminar

Requirements for the Writing Colleagues Minor

disciplinary, 6 courses

WRRH 305 Writing Colleagues seminar; two field placements, one of which must be a first-year seminar; three courses from the Writing Colleagues core or approved electives.

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

WRRH 305 Writing Colleagues seminar; two field placements, one of which must be a first-year seminar; one approved course from the social sciences or natural sciences; two additional courses from the Writing Colleagues core courses or approved electives.

COURSES

Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

Below you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular writing and rhetoric courses, as well as suggestions for writing and rhetoric a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

WRRH 207 Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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Delve into the field of sociolinguistics: what sociolinguists study, the various methods they use to study language in use, and the questions sociolinguists use to determine their theories of language use. This course looks at language use internationally and cross-culturally; locally; theoretically and practically; and thematically, as in language planning and such issues as gender, age race, ethnicity. Then, take EDUC 208 Teaching, Learning and Popular Culture to explore the ways school, youth, and popular culture intersect.

WRRH 327 Literary Journalism

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Learn about literary journalism, which blends factual reporting with narrative and stylistic strategies common in literature. Explore specific ways in which journalism benefits from literary techniques. Literary journalists are bound by many of the same standards as other reporters, but they have the additional goal, as Ben Yagoda puts it, of "making facts dance." Next, try your hand at writing a movie script in ENG 308 Screenwriting.

WRRH 333 Rhetorical Bytes: Digital Rhetoric and Writing with New Technologies

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Analyze the rhetorical and cultural impacts of established and emerging new media artifacts from YouTube videos and Instagram posts to viral memes. Produce content for digital platforms while learning how rhetorical history and technological innovations impact the consumption of online content and the communities that are formed in digital space. Next, learn more about communication between different cultures by taking ANTH 227 Intercultural Communication.

 

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