LWR

English Major with a Concentration in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric

Academic Advisor:

Roy Stamper
Roy_Stamper@ncsu.edu
G103C Tompkins Hall
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This concentration trains students to work with the essential tools of writing, communication, presentation, and persuasion.  Students in this concentration take courses in rhetoric, journalism, effective communication, and digital media. This is an ideal concentration for students who want to develop their skills in technical and professional writing, journalism, and web design.

If you first enrolled at NCSU in Fall 2010 or later your complete curricular requirements and major requirements are listed here. If you began your academic career at NCSU at an earlier point in time, scroll down for complete degree requirements.

Complete Degree Requirements for LWR Concentration, Fall 2010 or later (16LWR 107).  This link will prompt you to:

  • Login to MyPack Portal
  • Under Academic Program. Select Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Select English – BA Languange, Writing and Rhetoric Concentration


LWR MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

ENGLISH MAJOR CORE REQUIREMENTS (18 hours)

  1. American Literature (3 hrs)

  2. British Literature (3 hrs)

  3. World Literature (3 hrs)

  4. Film (3 hrs)

  5. Linguistics (3 hrs)

  6. Rhetoric (3 hrs)

LWR CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (21 hours)

  1. Effective Communication (3 hrs)

  2. Digital Technology (3 hrs)

  3. LWR Electives (9 hours)

  4. English Electives (6 hours)

RESTRICTIONS  (entering Fall 2010 and later)

  • LWR students must take two 400 level courses in the 21 hours of concentration requirements
  • no more than one course in Creative Writing/Screenwriting may be counted as a LWR Elective (see #3 above under concentration requirements).
  • LWR students must take at least one 200-level literature course
  • all courses, except ENG 350, must be taken for a letter grade to satisfy department requirements
  • although some courses are listed in more than one category, no course may satisfy more than one requirement
  • students must earn a C- or better for a course to count toward major requirements
  • the maximum number of 200 level courses within the English major (after 2010) is 5
  • the minimum GPA to graduate is 2.0
  • 30 of your last 45 hours of coursework must be taken at NC State
  • The Associate Head will approve the following courses to satisfy a major requirement only when the content is appropriate to the requirement:  ENG 394, ENG 420, ENG 460, ENG 491, ENG 539, FL 495.

FALL 2009-2010 LWR Curriculum

If you enrolled at NCSU between Fall 2009 and Fall 2010, your curricular requirements are here: Complete LWR Degree Requirements  (16LWR 097)

In addition to English departmental requirements, listed here

  1. Linguistics, Rhetoric, or Writing Practice (6 hrs in 2 different areas)
  2. Literature I (3 hrs)
  3. Literature II (3 hr)s
  4. Literature Before 1800 (3 hrs)
  5. Literature After 1800 (3 hrs)
  6. Genre or Author (3 hrs)

LWR students must complete the LWR concentration (15 hours), which is designed to meet six goals:

  1. Linguistics, the formal study of language
  2. Rhetoric, the resources of persuasion
  3. Writing Practice, conventions and applications beyond the classroom
  4. Historical, Cultural, and Ethical Contexts of Language, language adapting and influencing society
  5. Critical Tools, methods of analysis
  6. Digital Technologies, new tools that change written language

Two of these goals are met by the Linguistics, Rhetoric and Writing Practice courses, since students must take two of those three categories.  The other goals must be met by courses in the concentration. Courses that appear in the course list for more than one goal may count for two (but no more than two) goals. Links above lead you to the courses that meet the goals.

RESTRICTIONS (Fall 2009-10)

  • LWR students must take at least one 200-level literature course
  • LWR students must take two 400-level courses in the Department Requirements, including one 400-level course in the LWR Restricted Electives.
  • all courses, except ENG 350, must be taken for a letter grade to satisfy department requirements
  • although some courses are listed in more than one category, no course may satisfy more than one requirement
  • students must earn a C- or better for a course to count toward major requirements
  • the maximum number of 200 level courses within the English major  is 6
  • the minimum GPA to graduate is 2.0
  • 30 of your last 45 hours of coursework must be taken at NC State

FALL 2003-2009 LWR Curriculum

If you enrolled at NCSU after Fall 2003 and before Fall 2009, your curricular requirements are here: Complete LWR Degree Requirements  (16LWR 036)

In addition to departmental requirements listed here

  1. Literature I (3 hrs)
  2. Literature Before 1800 (3 hrs)
  3. Literature II (3 hrs)
  4. Literature After 1800 (3 hrs)
  5. Genre or Author (3 hrs)

LWR students must complete the LWR concentration (21 hrs), which includes six categories. The courses that satisfy each category are listed here.

Linguistics—ENG 210, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 491*, 524, 525

Rhetoric—ENG 321, 323, 411, 422, 425, 426, 491*

Writing Practice—ENG 201, 214, 215, 287, 288, 289, 314, 315, 317, 323, 350, 417, 421, 433, 488, 489, 495

Historical, Cultural, and Ethical Contexts of Language—CHASS Literature I and II courses; ENG 321, 323, 325, 326, 327

Critical Tools—Literature course at the 300 level or above; ENG 323, 324, 411, 421, 425, 426, 496

Digital Technologies—ENG 216, 314, 317, 421 

RESTRICTIONS (2003-2009)

  • Ensure that the courses you select meet the six goals. A course can fill two categories, but no more than two.
  • you must include at least one 400-level course in the Restricted Electives and two in the English Major overall. 
  • the maximum number of 200 level courses within the English major is 6
  • all courses, except ENG 350, must be taken for a letter grade to satisfy department requirements
  • students must earn a C- or better for a course to count toward major requirements
  • the minimum GPA to graduate is 2.0
  • 30 of your last 45 hours of coursework must be taken at NC State

**As part of their graduation application process, all English majors seeking to graduate in a fall or spring term must submit to the English department a paper/project composed for an advanced-level course within their concentration area. Additional information about this requirement is provided to potential graduates at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to graduate.**

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