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English Graduate Concentration in Writing History and Theory - WHiT

English Graduate students at the Ph.D. level can elect to take the concentration in Writing History and Theory (WHiT) as part of their graduate coursework. The WHiT program, developed by the Department of English in 2000, can function as a primary or secondary concentration: You can elect WHiT as your main area of  study -- or you can pursue the concentration as secondary or supplemental to some other area of graduate study in English.

For further details about  the WHiT Concentration, contact Athena Vrettos, Director of Graduate Studies, axv13@case.edu .

WHiT Rationale

The concentration in Writing History and Theory examines the practice of "writing" as historically, culturally, and technologically situated. Students will study rhetoric theory  and history, the history of writing and publishing practices, linguistics and  semiotics, and digital communication theory. The program focuses on the relationship between textual features (e.g., word-image interface, lexical and grammatical choices, document design) and global and rhetorical issues, such as  text production and circulation, copyright, audience, ethics, and rhetorical effect. The aim of the program is to develop a deeper understanding of the way  that writing functions in disciplines, in organizations, in institutions (like  business and academia), in society, and in cultures more generally.

Students will take a core  course in rhetoric theory (ENGL 501), which will function as an overview course for the program. They will also take at least two courses in three general areas: history of writing, digital writing, and linguistics and semiotics. While providing students with a theoretical and historical background to the study of  writing, the WHiT concentration also requires practical courses in writing and  teaching designed to prepare teachers and professional writers.

For Ph.D. students, the  WHiT concentration will prepare them for an academic job market that, increasingly, calls on them to teach in a number of areas (composition,  literature, linguistics, technical writing) and, increasingly, in computer-networked environments.

WHiT Requirements

Students electing the  WHIT concentration must fulfill the departmental requirements for their graduate  English program (see Graduate Studies in English). To fulfill WHiT requirements, students take five graduate courses from areas  A, B, and C below. At least three of the five courses must be at the 500-level.

A . 1 core course: ENGL 501, Theories of Rhetoric

B. 2 courses from two of the three  areas below:

- a course in the history  of writing (e.g., ENGL 524G, the construction of authorship; the history of the book; a history of rhetoric course)

- a course in digital  writing technology (e.g., ENGL 487, digital theory and writing)

- a course in  linguistics/semiotics (e.g., ENGL 401, linguistics; ENGL 410, history of the  English language; ENGL 479, semiotics)

C. 2 courses from below, at least one of which must be from the "Teaching" category.

ENGL 406,  Advanced Creative Writing
ENGL 407, Workshop -- Non-Fiction Writing
ENGL 474, Internship in Journalism
EPOM 498, Computer-Mediated Professional Communication

Teaching Writing
ENGL 500,  Teaching Composition
ENGL 506, Teaching Technical & Professional  Communication
ENGL 480, ESL Composition Theory

WHIT Course Offerings - 2003-2004
Fall 2003 - ENGL 400
Spring 2004 - ENGL 506

Projected WHIT Course Offerings - 2005
Spring 2005 - ENGL 379/479 - Digital Literacies
Fall 2005 - ENGL 506 - Teaching Prof. Communications

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