The rhetoric and writing curriculum encompasses courses in writing and textual analysis.

Rhetoric and Writing Curriculum

Overall Curricular Requirements: 6 Courses + Professional Experience + ePortfolio

Necessary: Foundational Course (1)

    • Writing about Writing/Writing About Writing for the Sciences (offered every semester; multiple sections)

Electives (6 total)

Rhetoric and Writing Courses (3)


  • Linguistic Approach to Writing (offered every other year)
  • Pedagogy in Practice (offered every spring)
  • Writing with Communities and Nonprofits (offered fall and spring)
  • Scientific Writing (offered every spring)
  • Advanced Research Writing (offered every spring for 4th years)
  • Exploring the Essay (offered every fall)
  • Special Topics tutorial or ISP (current examples include Teaching Writing in Secondary Classrooms; Research Methods in Writing Studies)

Interdisciplinary Electives (at least 2)

  • Writing Enhanced Courses (WEC)
  • Other writing-intensive courses/tutorials that clearly meet some of the stated learning outcomes for the Rhetoric and Writing secondary field; to “count” a non-WEC course or tutorial as an elective for the Rhetoric and Writing secondary field, students will need to receive approval from the Director of Writing.

Professional experience

  • Internship in a related field
  • Employment as Student Writing Assistant in NCF Writing Resource Center


Processes for Acquiring the Rhetoric and Writing Secondary Field AOC

Students wishing to declare a secondary field AOC in Rhetoric and Writing must receive approval from an affiliated faculty member, who will sign the PAOC and Thesis Prospectus/AOC forms.

Upon completing the coursework and professional experience requirements, students will meet with the Director of Writing to discuss the reflective piece and determine the supporting artifacts to be included in the electronic portfolio.

Once completed, students will submit their final portfolio to the Director of Writing, who will review it and then share the completed portfolio and recommend to the affiliated faculty that the student satisfies the portfolio requirement in addition to all other requirements necessary to receive the Rhetoric and Writing secondary field.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the time they complete the secondary field AOC, students will:

  • Demonstrate ability to write effectively in both academic and public/professional genres as evidenced in coursework and a culminating reflective eportfolio.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze rhetorical contexts that provide exigence for writing.
  • Demonstrate both declarative and procedural knowledge about writing.
  • Develop and refine sustainable and productive writing habits, including the ability to manage large/multiple writing projects.
  • Demonstrate rhetorical knowledge about academic writing and the ability to transfer that knowledge to public and professional contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of rhetoric and writing as a means of thinking, communicating, effecting change, and being in the world.
  • Demonstrate the rhetoric and writing skills they have developed at New College and anticipate how rhetoric and writing can be adapted into contexts outside of academia