2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 12, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Writing and Rhetoric (B.A.)

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College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Writing and Rhetoric,
Colbourn Hall, Room: 301-B

Email: writingandrhetoric@ucf.edu

Dr. Laurie A. Pinkert, Director, Laurie.Pinkert@ucf.edu, 407-823-1057
Adele Richardson, Program Advisor, Adele@ucf.edu, 407-823-0349
Dr. Marcy Galbreath, Program Advisor, Marcy.Galbreath@ucf.edu, 407-823-0745

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and Rhetoric provides students with in-depth training in the interrelated fields of writing, rhetoric, and literacy studies, preparing them for a range of writing-focused jobs that involve the analysis, creation, editing, adaptation, and/or coordination of written, digital, and multimedia texts.

Admission Requirements

  • Students transferring with an AA or AS degree or who have completed their general education courses in composition elsewhere are strongly recommended to enroll in ENC 3314 - Writing and Rhetoric Foundations  as an advanced core requirement course in their first semester at UCF.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a “C+” (2.25) in each required course.
  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 18 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Writing and Rhetoric Department.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in coursework used to satisfy the major.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)

Core Requirements: Basic Level (9 Credit Hours)

Students should take ENG 3836, ENC 3331  and ENC 3502  as early in the program as possible. ENG 3836  must be taken prior to a Writing Practicum experience

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (6 Credit Hours)

Extending Theories and Histories of Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy

Students must take at least 6 hours from this category. Students should work with a departmental academic advisor to select courses that support the students’ intended career or path post-graduation.

Restricted Electives (18 Credit Hours)

A list of approved restricted elective courses is found in the myKnight audit.

Applications of Writing and Rhetoric (9 Credit Hours)

  • Students must take at least 9 hours of courses from the Civic and Cultural Writing and Rhetoric and Professional and Digital Writing clusters; these 9 hours can come from either or both clusters. Students should work with a departmental academic advisor to select courses that support the students’ intended career or path post-graduation.

Writing Practicums (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one of the following three courses.

Advised Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Choose from any DWR 3000 or 4000 level courses not otherwise used to satisfy major requirements, and/or consult with advisor for approved upper-level, writing-intensive courses in another department.

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)


  • Select primarily from DWR upper-level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside of the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement.


  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement. Majors who are contemplating graduate school should complete two years of a foreign language.

Additional Requirements

  • Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):

Required Minors

  • Students must complete a minor, certificate, or approved program of study (at least 18 hours minimum). A minor and/or certificate from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Can be a UCF minor or an interdisciplinary set of courses tailored to the student’s professional goals and approved by a program advisor.
  • No more than 6 hours can overlap with courses used to satisfy the major.

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • Students must complete an electronic writing portfolio (e-portfolio) that meets program requirements. This e-portfolio will be developed throughout the course of the students’ work in the major. Students must also enroll in ENC 4950 - Writing ePortfolio  during their final semester; their e-portfolio will be approved in this course for programlevel graduation requirements.
  • Maintain and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all courses used towards the major.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • Application and admission through the Writing and Rhetoric Degree Programs Office and the Burnett Honors College.
  • Fulfill University requirements for Honors in the Major.
  • Successful completion and oral defense of Honors thesis.

Related Programs

  • None


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Transfer courses in which students earned lower than a “C” (2.0) will not be accepted.
  • Lower-level courses taken at community or state colleges do not substitute for upper-level courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. Student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Course in Minor/Certificate/Program of Study Credit Hours: 3
  • Course in Minor/Certificate/Program of Study Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

  • ENC 4944 - Writing Internship Credit Hours: 3
  • Advised Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Course in Minor/Certificate/Program of Study Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

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