Department of English at Illinois State University

Rhetoric and Composition

At Illinois State, 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. We believe that rhetoric and composition study opens up 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, 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 in rhetoric help students develop an understanding of rhetoric in historical, political, and ideological contexts.

Undergraduate

To view course descriptions for any undergraduate Rhetoric and Composition course, please check the Undergraduate Catalog.

  • ENG 145: Writing in the Academic Disciplines
  • ENG 246: Advanced Composition
  • ENG 283: Rhetorical Theory and Applications
  • ENG 385: Life Writing/Narrative in Theory and Practice
  • ENG 391: Survey of Classical Rhetoric
  • ENG 392: Modern Theories of Rhetoric

Graduate

To view course descriptions for any graduate Rhetoric and Composition course, please check the Graduate Catalog.

  • ENG 385: Life Writing/Narrative in Theory and Practice
  • ENG 391: Survey Of Classical Rhetoric
  • ENG 392: Modern Theories Of Rhetoric
  • ENG 396: The Writing Seminar
  • ENG 402: Teaching Composition
  • ENG 409: Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School
  • ENG 445: Teaching of Composition in the Community College
  • ENG 483: Studies in Rhetoric and Style
  • ENG 494: Writing Assessment in Colleges and Universities
  • ENG 496: Theory and Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies
  • ENG 497: Research Methods in Composition Studies
  • ENG 590: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition Studies