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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
Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and the Director of Second Language Writing.
In his research, Keith Miller mainly focuses on the rhetoric and songs of the civil rights movement.
Professor of English and Director of ASU Writing Programs, with a research focus on writing program administration, citation studies, and archival research. Director of the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service.