Rhetoric and Composition

Academic Program in Rhetoric and Composition

Program Requirements

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Curriculum Overview

Courses in the rhetoric and composition department are for writers at all levels, including those who want to improve their skills as well as those who already consider themselves good writers. Rhetoric courses encourage you to understand writing as a means of discovery, reflection, and critical thinking; in short, our courses help students negotiate the demands of academic writing at the college level.

Our mission is to support Oberlin’s writing requirement, which applies to students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Double Degree Program. We accomplish this through a system of rhetoric and composition courses and through the Writing Intensive and Writing Advanced courses offered by faculty across the curriculum. Rhetoric and composition faculty also teach in the First-Year Seminar Program.

We also offer courses in more specific genres and topics of inquiry, including journalism, grant and proposal writing, advanced scholarly writing, travel writing, narrative nonfiction, and composition theory and pedagogy.

In all of our courses, students’ work takes center stage and students receive individual attention. We also offer a minor in rhetoric and composition, as students often pair the program with a major in English, sociology, politics, or creative writing.