Public Writing and Rhetoric

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Public Writing and Rhetoric, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Writing and Rhetoric is offered through the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU.

Learn to write effectively for a wide range of audiences and purposes in the new Public Writing and Rhetoric major. Clear, logical communication is essential for technical writing, podcasting, video games, civic communication, and more. You will work with faculty who research and teach in these varied areas and get extensive, hands-on experience that will help you become a dynamic, rhetorically adaptable writer. In a fast-changing employment landscape, employers put a premium on flexible, well-developed writing skills. Develop the ability to make a difference in the world with your writing. The Public Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) program gives students extensive, hands-on experience learning to write for audiences beyond academic settings. Working with faculty who research and teach courses on technical writing, podcasting, digital reading practices, collaborative writing, video games, community and public rhetoric, multimodal composition, and user experience design, students in the program become dynamic, rhetorically adaptable writers prepared to navigate a wide range of audiences, genres, and platforms. In a fast-changing employment landscape where employers put a premium on flexible, well-developed writing skills, PWR students graduate with in-demand professional skills and the ability to make a difference in the world with their writing.

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Fulbright scholar uses knowledge learned in courses to teach in Spain

During her college career, Fulbright scholar and MTSU alum Kelsey Keith took courses with Public Writing and Rhetoric faculty including Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, Dr. Eric Detweiler, and Dr. Kate Pantelides. She also worked with Dr. Detweiler on her undergraduate thesis project: a podcast series about Southern identity. According to Kelsey, the key thing she gained from her writing and rhetoric courses was he ability to be a flexible and adaptable worker, be it in my studies or in my work outside academia. Understanding rhetorical situations and being able to communicate and work within them effectively is invaluable." As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Spain, Kelsey is drawing on what she learned in those courses as she creates a multimedia project about regional pride in Asturias, Spain, and works with Spanish students. Her undergraduate experiences with rhetoric and writing also prepared her to explore a range of career possibilities in the coming years. As she puts it, "My ability to communicate effectively within various environments and my diversified portfolio of work and skills keep me competitive in whatever direction I choose to go."

Award-winning filmmaker says courses helped ‘sharpen' writing, analytical skills

Imaan Malik is an award-winning filmmaker currently pursuing graduate study. She took courses with Dr. Eric Detweiler and Dr. Kate Pantelides while an undergraduate at MTSU. Imaan describes her experiences in these courses as follows: "The practicality stood out to me, and it was some of the most interesting material I studied throughout college. The combination of learning both soft and hard skills has proved useful in my career since graduating." Her professional experiences in the film, audiobook, and podcast industries were supported by her coursework, which helped her learn to "record and edit audio," "sharpen [her] writing and analytical skills," and horoughly dissect a singular concept and expand upon it." Once she completes her master's degree, she plans to work in media production and film development. She writes, "The first-ever documentary I made was in my Cultural Rhetorics class. I learned the process of investigating a setting and culture that I'm not familiar with in a respectful way. I learned how to properly listen to and understand multiple perspectives."

News Briefs

Fulbright scholar uses knowledge learned in courses to teach in Spain

During her college career, Fulbright scholar and MTSU alum Kelsey Keith took courses with Public Writing and Rhetoric faculty including Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, Dr. Eric Detweiler, and Dr. Kate Pantelides. She also worked with Dr. Detweiler on her undergraduate thesis project: a podcast series about Southern identity. According to Kelsey, the key thing she gained from her writing and rhetoric courses was he ability to be a flexible and adaptable worker, be it in my studies or in my work outside academia. Understanding rhetorical situations and being able to communicate and work within them effectively is invaluable." As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Spain, Kelsey is drawing on what she learned in those courses as she creates a multimedia project about regional pride in Asturias, Spain, and works with Spanish students. Her undergraduate experiences with rhetoric and writing also prepared her to explore a range of career possibilities in the coming years. As she puts it, "My ability to communicate effectively within various environments and my diversified portfolio of work and skills keep me competitive in whatever direction I choose to go."

Award-winning filmmaker says courses helped ‘sharpen' writing, analytical skills

Imaan Malik is an award-winning filmmaker currently pursuing graduate study. She took courses with Dr. Eric Detweiler and Dr. Kate Pantelides while an undergraduate at MTSU. Imaan describes her experiences in these courses as follows: "The practicality stood out to me, and it was some of the most interesting material I studied throughout college. The combination of learning both soft and hard skills has proved useful in my career since graduating." Her professional experiences in the film, audiobook, and podcast industries were supported by her coursework, which helped her learn to "record and edit audio," "sharpen [her] writing and analytical skills," and horoughly dissect a singular concept and expand upon it." Once she completes her master's degree, she plans to work in media production and film development. She writes, "The first-ever documentary I made was in my Cultural Rhetorics class. I learned the process of investigating a setting and culture that I'm not familiar with in a respectful way. I learned how to properly listen to and understand multiple perspectives."

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CAREERS

A degree in Public Writing and Rhetoric has opportunities for success in a constantly changing job market. An emphasis on clear and logical communications prepares students for a wide range of opportunities.

  • Content Designer
  • Content Strategist
  • Copywriter
  • Copyeditor
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Front End Developer
  • Grant Writer
  • Information Developer
  • Medical Writer
  • Professional Writer
  • Publication Specialist
  • Social Media Manager
  • Technical Editor
  • User Interface Developer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Web Content Manager

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The Public Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) program gives students extensive, hands-on experience
learning to write for audiences beyond academic settings. Working with faculty who research and teach courses on technical writing, podcasting, digital reading practices,collaborative writing, video games, community and public rhetorics, multimodal composition,and user experience design, students in the program become dynamic, rhetorically adaptable writers prepared to navigate a wide range of audiences, genres, and platforms. Ina fast-changing employment landscape where employers put a premium on flexible, well-developed writing skills, PWR students graduate with in-demand professional skills and the ability to make a difference in the world with their writing.

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