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Composition, Rhetoric, and Linguistics

The Composition, Rhetoric, and Linguistics concentration in the English major provides you with the skills and experience necessary to communicate with diverse audiences for a variety of purposes. You will consider the rhetorical, structural, and sociocultural impact of language use—skills that are widely recognized as important in the professional world. Additionally, if you engage in an internship course, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience with these skills in professional settings. 

BA Composition, Rhetoric, and Linguistics - English

Minor Linguistics



Experiential Opportunities

For students in the Composition, Rhetoric, and Linguistics concentration, Coastal provides multiple opportunities to refine your writing and communication skills.

Archarios Literary Magazine

Chanticleer News Front Page of Print Edition

The Chanticleer Newspaper

Tempo Magazine Spring 2020

Tempo Magazine




Several lab spaces allow you to explore composition, rhetoric, and linguistics across media and cultures.

Atheaneum Press

Digital Commons




After taking your major requirements, the concentration allows you to specialize in composition and rhetoric, linguistics, and professional and technical writing.

Major Requirements
(9 Courses)

ENGL 300 | Critical Conversations in English
ENGL 301 | Forms of Creative Writing


4 Perspectives ENGL Courses


3 Form and Style Courses

(6 Courses)

Composition and Rhetoric (2 courses) 


Linguistics (2 courses)


Professional and Technical Writing (2 courses)


Concentration Elective

(2 Courses)

ENGL 411 | English Capstone Seminar
ENGL 483 | Theory of Literary Criticism

Major Requirements  »
Sample 4-Year Plan  »



Minor in Linguistics

The Linguistics minor program helps you understand the intricacies of the nature, structure, and function of human language. The minor provides a foundation in the field, including general knowledge of the basic empirical findings and theories in the core areas of phonetics/phonology and syntax, and knowledge of at least one subfield selected according to the student’s interests. 

Minor Requirements  »



Program Faculty

The English department has award-winning faculty and instructors who regularly involve students in their research projects.

Priscilla Meyers

Christian Smith

Associate Professor

Composition Studies, Rhetorical Theory, and Digital Rhetoric

Jonathan Doe

Kristen Fleckenstein

Assistant Professor

Discourse Analysis, Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics


David Kellogg

Associate Professor

Composition and the Rhetoric of Science

Amanda Green
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Student and Alumni Work

  • Student-Run Waccamaw Journal

    As one of the oldest online literary journals, the Waccamaw Journal of contemporary literature is a cornerstone of collaboration amongst the graduate students and undergraduates in English.

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  • Daniel Hasty conducts conversation with English alumni

    What Do You Do with a BA in English?

    Social content director, design researcher, attorney: these are just a few career paths highlighted in the English Futures Speaker Series, a program designed to help majors explore the job market.

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Application Requirements

» Application

» $45 Application Fee

» Official Transcripts (High School, Secondary School, or Previous College)

» SAT/ACT Test Scores (optional)

For International Students

» Proof of English Proficiency (ESL Students)

» Passport

Get in Touch

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Program Contact

Jen Boyle
Chair, Professor

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