Program Overview

Rhetoric and Composition

Oberlin expects its students to write and communicate well. Regardless of major, we want all students to be confident, competent, and capable writers. Courses for the minor in rhetoric and composition encourage you to understand writing as a means of discovery, reflection, and critical thinking to enable you to negotiate the demands of academic and college-level writing.

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In this Truth to Power project, students learn the art of writing a postcard or letter to their local political representatives from Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Jan Cooper (left) and other faculty and staff.
Photo credit: Anna Norris

Program Facts

Department Chair

Jan Cooper,
John C. Reid Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and English


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A peer writing associate listens as a student discusses the paper she is assigned to write.
Photo credit: Pang Fei Chiang ’19

Peer Writing Associates

Oberlin’s Writing and Speaking Associates Program offers a dynamic space for students to think critically, be creative, and collaborate with their peers. Staffed by trained student associates, the center provides a range of writing services, workshops, and public speaking coaching. Students can stop by the center in the Terrell Main Library for assistance.

Writing Center and Writing Associates Program

Rhetoric and Composition Faculty

Rhetoric and composition faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to helping students become confident, competent, capable writers and critical thinkers, as writing is one of the primary skills needed for almost any occupation.

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    Jan Cooper

    John C. Reid Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and English

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    Laurie McMillin

    Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

  • Photo of Courtney Smith

    Cortney Smith

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

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