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Rhetorics of Science, Technology + Culture


The Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture major prepares students to thrive in, and contribute to, our information-rich world. This major is built around concepts drawn from classical rhetoric — the systematic study and effective creation of texts for different audiences — but also includes courses examining modern phenomena like cutting-edge scientific communication, digital writing, and cross-cultural interactions. Students who choose this major are interested in learning how to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively with a multiple audience
  • Produce professional scientific and technical texts
  • Enhance their critical thinking skills
  • Ensure published information is ethical
  • Explore the ways science, technology, and culture influence each other in a variety of contexts
  • Understand the ways images and texts work together to create meaning
  • Create documents that help people carry out tasks

Along with learning more about how rhetoric shapes human interactions and how they can use rhetorical strategies in their own writing, RSTC students also learn how to interpret, synthesize, and produce research-based texts for different audiences and purposes.

Popular major and minor pairings with RSTC

  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Social work
  • Communications
  • Psychology
  • Computer science
  • Information systems
  • Chemistry
  • Nursing
  • Marketing
  • Graphic design
  • Environmental studies

Jobs held by RSTC graduates

  • Publisher
  • Editorial assistant
  • Managing editor
  • Copywriter
  • Grant and proposal writer
  • Technical writer
  • Research assistant
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Writer of hardware and software documentation

Dr. Jack Bushnell's course in rhetoric exposed me to so many concepts I'd never heard of before regarding the language, like ethos and pathos, and how they apply to writing.

Annie Titus, RSTC major
  • Prepare a what-if degree audit with your desired major and minor. (If you need help generating a what-if degree audit, please contact the LTS Help Desk, tel. 715-836-5711).
  • Get an advising packet for your proposed English major/minor and mark off courses that you have already taken. If you have completed three or more semesters, sketch out your remaining semesters on the degree plan (the last page of the advising packet). Advising packets are available from the kiosk outside the English Department Office, on the 4th floor of Centennial Hall. They are also available on the English Department website on the page regarding the particular emphasis.
  • If you are an ARCC student with an ARCC advisor, meet with that advisor. Bring a copy (either paper or electronic) of your what-if degree audit and your marked up advising guide.
  • If you are a student with a traditional department advisor, meet with the English Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies (during office hours or by appointment) and bring a copy (either paper or electronic) of your what-if degree audit and your marked up advising guide.

Please contact Alaina Guns ( or Joanne Erickson ( or stop in the English Department office (Centennial Hall 4102) to make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

LE Advising Guides
GE Advising Guides

See online course catalog for the major and minor requirements and course descriptions.

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