Rhetoric and Culture

Rhetoric and Culture Concentration

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The Rhetoric and Culture Concentration (offered both oncampus and online) focuses on the study of how language influences culture, particularly through literacy, writing, and the digital age. Courses in this concentration explore how persuasion works in public life, writing for local communities,  the use of digital media for persuasion, and how power and literacy combine. Students considering careers as lawyers, teachers, not-for-profit organizers, or anyone wanting a well-rounded ability to write and communicate persuasively would benefit from this concentration.

For more information, contact Dr. Cori Brewster at cbrewste@eou.edu or Dr. Donna Evans at devans@eou.edu.

Students in the Rhetoric and Culture Concentration take the Common Core classes for the English and Writing Degree in addition to courses in the Rhetoric and Culture Concentration. These requirements are:

Common Core (34-35 hours)

Take all of the following:

  • English 220: Sophomore Seminar: Rhetoric and Culture (Fall)
  • English 221: Sophomore Seminar: Literary/Film Analysis (Winter)
  • English 222: Sophomore Seminar: The Creative Process (Spring)

Take two (2) of the following:

  • Writing 240: Introduction to Poetry Writing
  • Writing 241: Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • Writing 243: Screenwriting Fundamentals
  • Writing 248: Introduction to Writing in the Genres

Take two (2) of the following:

  • Writing 220: Methods of Tutoring
  • Writing 230: News Writing
  • Writing 281: Writing in the Community

Take two (2) of the following:

  • English 371: British Literature Before 1800
  • English 372: British Literature After 1800
  • English 381: American Literature Before 1865
  • English 382: American Literature After 1865


  • English 401: Research (Fall)
  • English 403: Capstone (Winter)
  • English 406: Publication/Presentation (Spring)

Rhetoric and Culture Concentration Requirements (26 hours)

Take all of the following:

  • Writing 222: Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Writing 393: Rhetoric of Public Culture
  • Writing 493: Writing Theory

Take a minimum of two (2) of the following:

  • Writing 320: Professional Writing
  • Writing 330: Digital Rhetoric
  • Writing 351: Professional Editing and Publishing

Take a minimum of one (1) of the following:

  • Writing 360: Literacy, Discrimination and Power
  • Humanities 328: Interdisciplinary Writing and Rhetoric
  • Writing 436: Themes in Writing and Rhetoric

In addition, Rhetoric and Culture students should take a minimum of eight (8) elective credits from English (ENG) and Writing (WR) prefixes, with a minimum of 2 upper division hours.

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