Rhetoric & Professional Writing

UTC’s B.A. and M.A. concentrations in Rhetorical and Professional Writing (RPW) call upon students to apply critical and rhetorical skills to a wide range of academic, professional, and public settings. Our courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, visual rhetoric, argumentation, writing and publishing in print and digital media, writing for nonprofits, environmental writing, and composition and literacy studies give students opportunities to explore how rhetoric works and develops within communities, cultures, workplaces, and classrooms. Our goals are for students to develop a critical awareness of writing, rhetoric, technology, and culture; the ability to communicate with diverse audiences; and make connections between what happens inside and outside the classroom.

Our students have opportunities to gain professional experience through community-engaged experiential-learning courses, collaboration on department-sponsored publications, and internships with local nonprofits and businesses.