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Undergraduate students can pursue BA degrees in English with concentrations in creative writing, linguistics, literature, secondary education, and writing, rhetorics and literacies. The concentration in writing, rhetorics and literacies teaches students strategies for inquiry. Students will study the ways in which communication has, does and will create knowledge and action, how communication is constructed, circulated, reacted to, and repurposed through time and place. Through differing tools of inquiry, students will study the history, theories and methods of inquiry as well as pragmatic and social actions of rhetoric, writing and literacies. In short, the goal of this program is to educate citizens who can create new knowledge and reason, read, write and act in robust and significant ways to meet new challenges of the present and the future.
The PhD and Master of Arts in English, concentration in writing, rhetorics and literacies, at Arizona State University promotes the study of the production, distribution, and interpretation of texts (oral, written, digital, visual, discursive, material, symbolic) and the rhetorical strategies involved in such processes. Students draw on composition/writing theory, rhetorical theory, and literacy studies to examine the ideological, pedagogical, pragmatic and social dimensions of words, symbols, texts, images, and artifacts. Using theories and methods from both historical and contemporary contexts, we teach students strategies for inquiry; the ways in which communication creates knowledge, meaning and action; and how texts, meanings, and communication are constructed, circulated, reacted to, and repurposed over time and across space. Program requirements are designed to encourage students to develop a nuanced understanding of the role of critical inquiry and rhetorical analysis in framing problems, advocating for change, exploring solutions, or disrupting the status quo. With a sophisticated understanding of how words work in the world, student pursue avenues of original inquiry that have relevance and implications for the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly complex and dynamic landscape. The program encourages interdisciplinary study, and its flexible requirements enable students to pursue areas of inquiry that interest them the most and tailor those pursuits to their career goals. The program prepares students for multiple career paths including in academia, the public sector and private industry--as teachers, scholars, advocates, professionals, and public intellectuals.
"I want to inspire others to understand that the way we use language can perpetuate injustice, but that it can also overturn it."
—Karen Carter, PhD in English (Writing, Rhetoric and Literacies) 2016
Boyd teaches undergraduate courses in writing, as well as the graduate seminars: Composition Theory and Compostion and Feminism.
Goggin is author, editor, and co-editor of 11 scholarly books and several editions of a textbook and a pedagogical book.
Goggin's current research includes the study of rhetorics and discourses of sustainability and globalization in oceanic islands.
Mark Hannah's research examines what it means for scholars and non-academic practitioners to work successfully within and across professional and disciplinary boundaries.
Lamp's primary research interest is in the history of rhetoric, specifically Roman rhetoric. She is the area director of WRL and the past president of the American Society for the History Rhetoric.
Long's scholarship draws on a wide array of rhetorical methods to test the limits and potential of day-to-day democracy under contemporary conditions
Matsuda's research centers around second language writing, a transdisciplinary field of inquiry that integrate theoretical and methodological insights from both language studies and writing studies.
In his research, Miller mainly focuses on the rhetoric and songs of the civil rights movement.
Ore's work examines the suasive strategies of aggrieved communities as they operate within a post-emancipation historical context.
Ratcliffe's research focuses on intersections of rhetoric, feminist theory, and critical race studies.
Director of ASU Writing Programs, Rose's research focuses on writing program administration, citation studies, and archival research. She is also director of the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service.
Smith teaches a wide selection of courses in areas within applied linguistics. His research focuses on computer-assisted language learning.
Warriner is a linguistic anthropologist of education who uses ethnographic methods to examine the educational, social, political, economic, and ideological dimensions of immigration and transnationalism.