Rhetoric and Writing at St. Cloud State University
The Rhetoric and Writing program at SCSU provides the tools to help students analyze and question how language shapes our relationships to people and social structures as well as the tools to effectively communicate in a variety of mediums. The study of rhetoric asks us to look at how various kinds of expression—written, spoken, digital, and visual—create meaning and shape how we understand ourselves, other people, and the world around us. Rhetoric is founded in the roots of Greco-Roman democracy and ultimately aims to create more "critically literate" citizens and professionals: more conscious readers and writers of the world around them.
Undergraduate B.A. and Minor
The undergraduate program in Rhetoric and Writing equips students with knowledge of how language operates to shape our world-views as well as instruction in written and digital communication skills that enable greater facility to write and communicate in a diversity of workplace and everyday contexts. Graduates of our program have gone on to become professional writers, editors, grant writers, freelance writers, or to pursue further academic study. The major and minor are open to any student and may be especially useful to students pursuing careers in teaching, business, public advocacy, business, and mass communication.
The graduate program in Rhetoric and Writing at St. Cloud State University builds on our B.A. program by further equipping students with knowledge of how language shapes our perceptions of the world as well as instruction in written and digital communication skills that enable greater facility to write and communicate in a diversity of workplace, organizational, and everyday contexts. The M.A. emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing provides two tracks of courses from which students can choose: professional communication courses and the teaching of writing/literacy courses. Some of our graduates have gone on to become professional writers (freelance writers, editors, grant writers, publishers, etc.). Others have gone on to teach at community and technical colleges. A third group of our graduates have gone on to pursue their doctoral work (recent graduates have pursued doctoral degrees in Technical Communication at Illinois State University; Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University; Rhetoric and Composition at Ball State University; Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University; and Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green University).