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Learning Outcomes

Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications


  • Graduates of the B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications will know how to practice writing as a multi-staged, recursive process, one that
    • employs revision as a means of invention;
    • will have the stylistic repertoire to adjust text for such purposes as establishing a persona, meeting audience expectations, and conforming to genre conventions;
    • will have the technical ability to edit text for errors in punctuation, grammar, syntax, and sentence construction;
    • will be skilled in both the production and critical analysis of computer-mediated writing.
  • Graduates of the Major
    • will demonstrate rhetorical judgment and adaptability and make communicative decisions that are grounded in theory and ethics;
    • will be able to analyze, interpret, and evaluate a wide range of visual and verbal symbolic acts;
    • will be able to assess such properties as purpose, bias, power relations, quality of argumentation, and underlying values in a wide range of communicative acts;
    • draw on theories and analytic tools studied in a variety of courses.
  • The capacity for informed reflection on one’s own communicative practices.
  • The ability to draft, proofread, revise, and edit texts in a variety of academic and non-academic genres.
  • Practical and analytical facility with new communicative technologies.
  • Broad rhetorical knowledge and critical thinking skills.