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Writing Studies and Rhetoric

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The Department of Writing Studies and Rhetoric offers courses that reinforce writing and effective communication. The courses and programs cultivate a community of writers and speakers who become informed, skillful, and ethical communicators – leaders in their careers and their communities.

The Writing Studies minor provides instruction in effective composition for both academic and professional settings. Students create written texts and craft multimedia productions that incorporate image, sound, and hypertext. Students in the program may take courses in three major areas: professional writing, composition and rhetoric, and new media literacy. The writing minor complements coursework in a variety of majors, and prepares students for careers that value clear and effective composition skills. Students with a minor in writing studies will also be well-equipped for graduate or professional study in fields such as business, law, education, and other writing-intensive disciplines.

The Rhetoric and Public Advocacy major includes courses in speechwriting, debate, performance history, and intercultural communication; classes blend theory, critical practice, and analysis to explore how meaning is created and shared. The major in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy gives students access to hundreds of internships on Long Island and in nearby New York City. Graduates go on to successful careers in fields such as media, business, politics, government, and education. They become clear, sharp thinkers and eloquent orators for the things that matter to them most - personally, professionally, and politically.

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