What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors

What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors

What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors

What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors

Excerpt

When we first discussed this book back in 2005, we had just revamped the undergraduate track in writing in the English department at Salisbury University (SU) in Maryland. After the revision of the program was complete, we continued to discuss the particular program we had developed, the courses we had chosen for the core, and the possible changes that might be made in the future as the program grew. We talked about how lucky we were that we had such a supportive (or uninterested) department, given that there was very little discussion in full department meetings about the changes we were proposing and the fact that we virtually eliminated literature as a requirement for the major. (In the past, writing students were required to take several literature courses.)

We also talked about how our particular location on the eastern shore of Maryland and the student body that came with that location impacted the goals for our program and the curriculum, how our own different specialties in the field of rhetoric and composition shaped what we had done, and on and on. After a while, it became clear that we should put our experience and discussion to some good use, and we decided to put out a call for proposals. This book is the result of that decision.

After reading through several dozen proposals and finally settling on the ones appearing in this volume, we realized we had stumbled across an important—and complex—topic for those of us in rhetoric and composition and English studies in general, and working in writing programs in particular. We quickly realized that all of the issues we discussed about our program at SU, as well as others we hadn't thought of, were not simply micro, local issues that spoke to our location and position in the English department at Salisbury University on the eastern shore of Maryland.

Indeed, the issues we faced and the choices we made in dealing with them are being made all over the country. And just as our location and unique circumstances impacted the program we developed, so do the . . .

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