Students of rhetoric and composition/writing studies will learn how to make effective arguments and communicate through writing. In addition to the mechanics of writing, students will also learn about history and the various theories associated with composition and rhetoric. The communication skills learned through this type of program are valuable in a number of different careers.
An education in this area of study may include some of the following courses:
Rhetoric and composition/writing studies programs can be taken in classes at a college or university campus or through an online college distance learning program. On-campus and online learning formats both have pros and cons, and students should consider very carefully which school and format best suits them.
There are programs for rhetoric and composition/writing studies offered at many different educational levels. Students can pursue certificates, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees all in this particular area of study. With each progressive degree students will have the opportunity to study the topic in more depth, which could open the door for better career opportunities later on.
There are many career options for someone with an education in rhetoric and composition/writing studies, including:
Online writing and editing jobs are expected to increase with society's increased use of technology, but competition for jobs between authors, writers, and editors is expected to be high. The occupation as a whole is expected to grow “about as fast as the average” for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Advertising and public relations positions are also highly competitive, and graduates that have good communication skills, creativity, and experience using computers will have the best chances of finding work in that particular field.