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The writing major is among the most exciting scenes in the evolving American university. Writing Majors is a collection of firsthand descriptions of the origins, growth, and transformations of eighteen different programs. The chapters provide useful administrative insight, benchmark information, and even inspiration for new curricular configurations from a range of institutions.

A practical sourcebook for those who are building, revising, or administering their own writing majors , this volume also serves as a historical archive of a particular instance of growth and transformation in American higher education. Revealing bureaucratic, practical, and institutional matters as well as academic ideals and ideologies, each profile includes sections providing a detailed program review and rationale, an implementation narrative, and reflection and prospection about the program.

Documenting eighteen stories of writing major programs in various stages of formation, preservation, and reform and exposing the contingencies of their local and material constitution, Writing Majors speaks as much to the “how to” of building writing major programs as to the larger “what,” “why,” and “how” of institutional growth and change.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Sandra Jamieson
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jim Nugent
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Writing Departments
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1 - DePaul University’s Major in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
  2. Denise Bowden
  3. pp. 11-21
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  1. 2 - Reshaping the BA in Professional and Technical Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  2. Barbara L’Eplattenier and George H. Jensen
  3. pp. 22-35
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  1. 3 - The University of Rhode Island’s Major in Writing and Rhetoric
  2. Libby Miles, Kim Hensley Owens, and Michael Pennell
  3. pp. 36-46
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  1. 4 - Reforming and Transforming Writing in the Liberal Arts Context: The Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland
  2. Peggy O’Neill and Barbara Mallonee
  3. pp. 47-61
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  1. 5 - Fifteen Years Strong: The Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas
  2. Carey E. Smitherman, Lisa Mongno, and Scott Payne
  3. pp. 62-72
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  1. 6 - Oakland University’s Major in Writing and Rhetoric
  2. Lori Ostergaard, Greg Giberson, and Jim Nugent
  3. pp. 73-84
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  1. 7 - Embracing the Humanities: Expanding a Technical Communication Program at the University of Wisconsin–Stout
  2. Matthew Livesey and Julie Watts
  3. pp. 85-97
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  1. 8 - Building a Writing Major at Metropolitan State University: Shaping a Program to Meet Students Where They Are
  2. Laura McCartan and Victoria Sadler
  3. pp. 98-105
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  1. 9 - Writers among Engineers and Scientists: New Mexico Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
  2. Julie Dyke Ford, Julianne Newmark, and Rosário Durão
  3. pp. 106-118
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  1. 10 - Writing as an Art and Profession at York College
  2. Michael J. Zerbe and Dominic F. DelliCarpini
  3. pp. 119-134
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  1. Part II: Traditional English Departments
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. 11 - They Could Be Our Students: The Writing Major at Texas Christian University
  2. Carrie Leverenz, Brad Lucas, Ann George, Charlotte Hogg, and Joddy Murray
  3. pp. 137-149
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  1. 12 - Two Strikes Against: The Development of a Writing Major at West Virginia State University, an Appalachian, Historically Black College
  2. Jessica Barnes-Pietruszynski and Jeffrey Pietruszynski
  3. pp. 150-162
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  1. 13 - “What? We’re a Writing Major?”: The Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
  2. Marie Moeller, Darci Thoune, and Bryan Kopp
  3. pp. 163-174
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  1. 14 - A Matter of Design: Context and Available Resources in the Development of a New English Major at Florida State University
  2. Matt Davis, Kristie S. Fleckenstein, and Kathleen Blake Yancey
  3. pp. 175-189
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  1. 15 - Renegotiating the Tensions between the Theoretical and the Practical: The BA in Professional Writing at Penn State Berks
  2. Laurie Grobman and Christian Weisser
  3. pp. 190-204
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  1. 16 - From “Emphasis” to Fourth-Largest Major: Learning from the Past, Present, and Future of the Writing Major at St. Edward’s University
  2. John Perron, Mary Rist, and Drew M. Loewe
  3. pp. 205-217
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  1. 17 - Columbia College’s English Major: Writing for Print and Digital Media
  2. Claudia Smith Brinson and Nancy Lewis Tuten
  3. pp. 218-227
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  1. 18 - Seeking Growth through Independence: A Professional Writing and Rhetoric Program in Transition at Elon University
  2. Jessie L. Moore, Tim Peeples, Rebecca Pope-Ruark, and Paula Rosinski
  3. pp. 228-240
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  1. Afterword
  2. Greg Giberson
  3. pp. 241-248
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  1. Appendix: Table of Institutional Data
  2. pp. 249-257
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 258-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-266
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