The name "Rhetoric and Writing Studies" is an umbrella term that encompasses many kinds of writing (e.g., professional writing, business writing, technical writing, science writing, public writing, and academic writing). This new name also frames writing as a humanistic endeavor that generates knowledge. As the name suggests, one of the new program’s cornerstones is rhetoric, a seasoned discipline with a strong 2,500-year tradition.
The program in Rhetoric and Writing Studies prepares you for careers in web writing, copywriting, speech writing, science writing, technical writing, journalism, teaching, law, government, and business.
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The Rhetoric and Writing Studies program allows you to move through courses at your own pace. While some students join the program in their first year and complete a class or two each semester, other students choose to complete the program in three semesters.
On average, students who begin their college education at Western Michigan University and declare a major or minor in Rhetoric and Writing Studies earn their degree in 3.5 years. Students who transfer to Western Michigan University and join the Rhetoric and Writing Studies program typically earn their degrees in 2.5 years.
The old major and minor in Practical Writing have been revised and updated. Apart from a new name, the updated program boasts three cutting-edge courses. These courses will provide you with more opportunities to study and practice writing in a wide range of genres, using a variety of writing technologies.
Your old credits will count towards the new program, if you decide to join the new program in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. If you have already declared a major or minor in Practical Writing and would like to concentrate in Practical Writing, new Rhetoric and Writing Studies courses will fulfill the old requirements.
For information about course substitutions between the old and the new programs, please visit the "Courses" tab on the above menu.