Rhetoric and Writing


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Department Head: Dr. Cammie Sublette

Director of Advising, CLASS: Dr. Keith Fudge

Phone: 479-788-7433

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans:

Major and Minors

The Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing:
Effective communication and analytical skills are a necessity in almost every career pursuit. Every field requires competent communication specialists who understand the basics of formulating an idea, structuring it in a logical format, and delivering it in a way that informs, persuades, and enlightens. The degree in Rhetoric and Writing focuses specifically on effective communication skills through intensive writing and editing classes.
The minor in Rhetoric and Writing:
The minor is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich his or her academic preparation by providing instruction and practice in professional and academic writing. The minor complements a major by broadening the student’s academic experience.
The minor in Creative Writing:
The minor addresses numerous writing issues, cultivating a student’s writing abilities applicable to a variety of writing situations and demands. The minor complements a major by broadening the student’s academic experience.

What can I do with a degree in Rhetoric and Writing?

  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Publisher
  • Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Producer
  • Researcher
  • Prepare for graduate and professional schools 

Websites for Career Research

Why should you choose to major in Rhetoric and Writing?

  • Prepares students to write as a profession and prepares students to write for their profession
  • Dedicated, highly qualified faculty
  • Small classroom size
  • Research orientated
  • Continued interpersonal communication with faculty beyond graduation
The College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences is dedicated to the ideals of effective communication through the study of language, literature, speech, rhetoric and writing. By emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, students obtaining their degree will develop a broad understanding of the world in which they live and will demonstrate effective interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies

  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Applause
  • Lions Chronicle (online publication)

Graduates are employed with:

  • Nolan, Caddell, & Reynolds
  • Alma Public Library
  • Fort Smith Public Schools