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Rhetoric and Writing

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A degree in rhetoric and writing prepares you for a career in a variety of communications fields.

Effective communication and analytical skills are a necessity in almost every career pursuit. Every field requires competent communication specialists who understand the basics of formulating an idea, structuring it in a logical format, and delivering it in a way that informs, persuades, and enlightens. The Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and writing focuses specifically on effective communication skills through intensive writing and editing classes.

This degree equips graduates a valuable set of communication skills that are applicable to almost any career sector. While some graduates have chosen to continue their education in graduate degree programs, others have begun careers in a variety of roles such as:

  • Editor
  • Social Media or Content Manager
  • Publisher
  • Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Grant Writer and/or Fundraiser
  • Reporter
  • Producer
  • Educator
  • Researcher


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Credit Hours



Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • produce a variety of texts in response to differing rhetorical contexts.
  • produce effective texts in response to differing rhetorical contexts.
  • produce texts which demonstrate their engagement with communities and issues outside the classroom.
  • reflect on your portfolio (process and product) and articulate a definition of the scope and value of rhetoric.

Gordon Kelley Language Study Scholarship Endowment
Award: Up to $3,000 per academic year (up to $1,500 per semester)
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2022
This scholarship opportunity is offered through the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Foundation to students who:

  • are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours at UAFS
  • have completed at least 60 credit hours (junior or senior standing)
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • are majoring in English, English with teacher licensure, rhetoric and writing, Spanish, or Spanish with teacher licensure

The Gordon Kelley Language Study Endowment application is available through Lion's SHARE, the UAFS Foundation Scholarship Hub And Resource Engine. The general application must be completed along with the Gordon Kelley Language Scholarship application. Contact your academic advisor or Dr. Carol Westcamp-Sessums for additional information.


This 18-hour minor is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich their academic preparation through instruction and practice in professional and academic writing. The minor complements a major by broadening the student’s academic experience.

This 18-hour program addresses numerous writing issues, cultivating a student’s writing abilities to apply to a variety of writing situations and demands. The minor complements a major by broadening the student’s academic experience. Note: The creative writing minor is not available to students taking the creative writing option of the rhetoric and writing major.

Certificates of Proficiency

Technical Writing
This 9-hour program provides you with fundamental coursework in editing for usage, style, and clarity; writing for the workplace; and visual rhetoric.

This 9-credit hour program provides curriculum designed for those in helping professions such as human services, health care organizations, educators, and others. Courses include Intermediate Spanish I, II, and Spanish for the Professions. Beginning Spanish I and II or required placement scores are prerequisites for Intermediate Spanish I.

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