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Committee on the Major in Writing and Rhetoric (March 2016) - Previous Revision

April 2008 Update

The Committee on the Major in Rhetoric and Composition is developing a searchable database of majors in composition and rhetoric. This database will include information available in the list currently downloadable from the CCCC website, but programs will also be able to upload and update information about their majors and career outcomes of their students. Those seeking to explore the varieties of majors in rhetoric and composition will be able to search the database in multiple ways. We hope the database will be a part of the CCCC website by the end of 2008. The committee also hosted workshops at WPA 2007 and CCCC 2008 for those revising or developing majors in rhetoric and composition.


 Writing Majors at a Glance
(January 2009)

Listing of writing majors including the institution, department/program, and core classes and required electives compiled by the CCCC Committee on the Major in Rhetoric and Composition.

Committee Members

Sandra Jamieson, Chair
Deb Balzhiser-Morton
Michelle Eble
Laurie Grobman
Teresa Henning
Barbara L'Eplattenier
Barry Maid
Sue McLeod
Keith Miller
Tom Miller

Committee Charge

This committee should:

  1. Document the variety of majors in composition and rhetoric across the country and in diverse institutional types and in diverse units (eg, Departments of Writing Studies, Departments of English, programs, etc).
  2. Seek to identify and describe prototypic majors and the methods used to develop them.
  3. Identify what students with such majors do after graduation: seek professional employment, go to graduate school, enter professional schools, etc.
  4. Report on these findings annually: to the CCCC officers and EC, and to the membership on the CCCC website and in other venues as appropriate.

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