What is the best means of persuasion in a particular situation?
How can you build on others’ ideas?
How does the chosen genre of writing affect the piece’s audience and purpose?
How do gender and social class influence communication?
How does writing help us get a sense of who we are as humans and how we connect to a complex world?
Students interested in these questions may want to pursue a major in writing, rhetoric, and communication (WRC) or a minor in communication. The roots of this traditional liberal arts course of study can be traced back to ancient Greece. It offers students an opportunity to explore a range of challenging and important questions similar to those above.
Initial WRC coursework provides students a firm foundation for more advanced electives and allied courses in other programs. This path encourages the development of both depth and breadth in writing and in speaking skills.
As a culminating experience, all WRC majors design a senior project and take part in a graduate school-style oral defense. WRC students have showcased their original work in undergraduate publications and at national and regional honors conferences.
Many WRC majors take part in internships at sites ranging from National Public Radio (WUKY) to Toyota Motor Manufacturing to Business Lexington’s publishing office. Our graduates are highly successful in landing entry-level professional employment or placement in prestigious law or graduate programs.
WRC faculty also contribute to the wider campus culture through their participation in the First-Year Academic Experience, the Writing Center, the award-winning speech and debate team, and creative and expressive events throughout the Lexington community.