ERIC Number: ED377510
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Publication Date: 1995-Jan
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Designing the Undergraduate Rhetoric and Writing Major.
Stay, Byron L.
Composition Chronicle, v7 n9 p5-7 Jan 1995
The new Rhetoric and Writing major at Mount St. Mary's College (an independent Catholic, liberal arts institution in northern Maryland) developed in response to local conditions and local problems. In 1988, owing to a mutual recognition of the different missions of the writing and literature programs, the writing faculty were officially separated from the English department to staff and teach in the newly created Writing and Communications Program. Because of an influx of students, by the spring of 1991, faculty members of the program began discussing the possibility of proposing a major in writing. In February 1992, the administration created the Department of Rhetoric and Writing to house the new major that sought to link journalism and creative, professional, and academic writing to rhetorical and communication theory. The major consists of 34 semester hours combining courses in the practice of writing, with courses in journalism, speech, and rhetorical theory and history. Students may take a range of electives which suit their interests. Rhetoric majors raise a number of institutional and disciplinary issues, including finding a focus, finding a name, working with an English department, working with other departments in the academy, and working with the administration. If they do nothing else, independent rhetoric departments represent graphically what composition looks like without literary studies. Undergraduate rhetoric majors may not be possible at every institution, but the questions raised help shed light on the disciplinary community. (RS)
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