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

Committee Members

Sandra Jamieson, Chair
Stuart Blythe
Dominic DelliCarpini
Greg Giberson
Teresa Henning
Barbara L’Eplattenier
Barry Maid
Keith Miller
Tom Miller
Blake Scott
Sanford Tweedie
Anne Zanzucchi

Committee Charge

This committee should:


Charge 1:  Document the variety of writing majors across the country in diverse institutional types and in diverse units, working with NCTE staff to incorporate/add data into its database.

Charge 2:  Identify and describe a common set of learning outcomes for writing majors.

Charge 3: Identify and describe specific courses/curricula that may be adapted to other majors.

Charge 4:  Track what writing majors do after graduation and report these findings to the CCCC officers and EC and membership in various venues.

Writing Majors at a Glance

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

2015 Listing

2009 Listing

Spring 2016 Update

The number of majors in writing and rhetoric has doubled in the last decade, and in Fall 2015 the Committee completed an updated list of 141 majors. We have also compiled a bibliography of sources for those interested in the writing major, which we will update each year along with the list of majors. Using this list and local studies we are currently researching commonalities across majors at the curricular and institutional level, and beginning to track career outcomes of students who graduate with writing majors. We are also working on an updated database of writing studies majors, beginning with a survey of program chairs and directors. If you have a writing studies major and do not see your name on this list, please email and you will be added to the list and sent a survey. If you are developing a major we would love to hear from you, too.

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