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B.A. in English with a Concentration in Writing & Rhetoric

B.A. in English with a Concentration in Writing and RhetoricThe Writing and Rhetoric concentration emphasizes the study of the elements of rhetoric (the art of using language effectively), along with intensive practice in a range of genres. Students learn to write powerfully and precisely as they develop expertise in nonfiction, academic and workplace writing needed for a range of careers and higher degrees. Along with workshops in creative nonfiction, the essay and writing for the Web, course offerings include classical and contemporary rhetoric and the teaching of writing.

About the Field of Writing and Rhetoric

In addition to preparing students for graduate study in law, education, English, journalism, business and social work, the B.A. in English with a Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric provides excellent preparation for careers such as: advertising, broadcasting, communications, editing, fundraising, grant writing, government, lobbying, marketing, politics, public relations, research, Web design and writing.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must:

  • Have a minimum overall grade-point high school average of 75% or higher
  • Submit a high school transcript\
  • Transfer students must present an overall grade-point average of 2.0
  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions (see Submitting an Application for Admission)

Submitting an Application For Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site or call 718-488-1011.

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon maintaining an overall grade-point average of 2.0 and a grade-point average of 2.0 in the concentration.

For more information about the program, contact the English Department’s undergraduate advisor, Wayne Berninger. For information about English-major advisement and mentoring, visit the Undergraduate Advisement page. For further information about the BA and the other programs and activities of the Department, visit The Longest Island (the English Department’s blog).




  • English 171 Classical Rhetoric (3 credits)
  • English 172 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)
  • English 192 Senior Seminar in Writing & Rhetoric (3 credits)


  • English 126 News Writing [Same as Journalism 119. English majors should be sure to register for this course as ENG 126 rather than JOU 119.] (3 credits)
  • English 163 Explorations in Non-Fiction Writing (3 credits / anyone may take twice)
  • English 168 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop (3 credits / W&R and CW may take twice)
  • English 173 Writing in the Community (3 credits / W&R may take twice)
  • English 174 Teaching Writing (3 credits / W&R may take twice)
  • English 175 Writing for the Professions (3 credits / W&R may take twice)


  • One must be in Creative Writing. Choose from 164, 165, 166, 167, 168.
  • The other three must be in Literature. Two of those three must be from 128, 129, 158, 159, 169.
  • The only way English 168 can satisfy two different requirements is if you take it TWICE.
  • Honors students may be able to count Honors electives (if taught by English professors).