At Illinois State, we theorize, teach, and practice Rhetoric and Composition in ways that emphasize Rhetoric's contributions to a better understanding of why we do what we do in the world. We believe that they open new ways of understanding the relationships among different subfields of English Studies, and this belief is borne out in a program that considers, for example, cultural rhetorics, medical rhetorics, rhetorics of emotion, rhetorics of public discourse, and rhetorics of authorship.
Rhetoric and Composition at Illinois State is a thriving, innovative, and exciting program with faculty whose shared goals include fostering critical language awareness in students' academic, personal, and professional lives. Our undergraduate and graduate courses help students develop an understanding of rhetoric in historical, political, and ideological contexts, and our program includes work in New Media Studies, Professional Writing and Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Composition, and Writing Pedagogies.
Our Professional Writing and Rhetorics program prepares students to bring the theory and competencies of English Studies to professional and civic contexts where language and texts are involved in decisions and actions resulting in social and organizational change. The complexity of such literacies requires far more than technical competencies in writing, editing, and designing texts.
In Rhetoric and Composition, we theorize, teach, and practice Rhetoric and Composition in ways that emphasize their contributions to a better understanding of why we do what we do in the world.