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About Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies

Beginning in fall '24: English majors, primary or secondary, will be able to declare a Concentration in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies (WRLS). Non-majors may earn a letter of specialization.

The Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies (WRLS) Concentration prepares students for successful careers as writers or teachers and equips them with important critical skills for thinking about language and literacy. English majors, primary or secondary, can declare a Concentration in Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies (WRLS).

 

Requirements

To complete an English major with a WRLS concentration, students take 12 coursesjust 2 more courses than the default 10-course English major.

Complete the 7 core English major requirements: 

  • ENGL 200: Intro. to Literary Studies
  • Survey 1: Brit Lit before 1700
  • Survey 2: Brit Lit after 1700 or Am Lit early or late
  • Survey 3: Brit Lit after 1700 or Am Lit early or late
  • Survey 4: Global or Ethnic American Lit
  • ENGL 300: Junior Year Writing
  • ENGL 494: Integrative Experience

Complete 5 electives:

  • Elective, 200+ = ENGL 250: Intro to Writing, Rhetoric, & Literacy Studies
  • Elective, 300+ = one Public or Professional Writing course
  • Elective, 400+ = one Writing Theory or Teaching of Writing course
  • Elective, 200-400+ = one elective from any WRLS category below*
  • Elective, 200-400+ = one elective from any WRLS category below*

* at least one course 300+, at least one course 400+
* encouraged: a credited internship or practicum
* encouraged: one course with technology designation

Note: Students may add a certificate in Professional Writing and Technical Communication (PWTC) to their WRLS concentration by taking as few as 3 additional courses.

Elective course categories

Complementary credentials


Once you have completed the concentration requirements, please declare your completion of the concentration.


Contact

For further information, contact the Director of WRLS, Professor Janine Solberg, E461 South College, jlsolber@english.umass.edu.

Janine Solberg
WRLS Concentration Contact
Janine Solberg

Co-Director, PWTC Program

Email: jlsolber@english.umass.edu
Office: E461 South College
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