Learn how to interpret, synthesize and produce research-based texts for different audiences and purposes with a bachelor's degree in English - rhetorics of science, technology, and culture (RSTC) from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The unique major is an excellent choice for students who are interested in producing professional scientific and technical texts, passionate about published information being ethical, and enjoy creating documents that help people and organizations accomplish their goals.
Exploring the ways science, technology and culture influence each other in an array of contexts, coursework throughout the major will teach you how to communicate clearly and effectively with multiple audiences. Through electives and unique projects, you'll learn techniques and best practices for a variety of writing styles, including science, technical, nature and grant proposal writing, as well as what is required of those who edit and manage publications. This diverse set of classes allows you to become an expert in a number of areas and study the topics that most interest you.
Graduates of the RSTC emphasis leave with enhanced skills in critical thinking, writing, communication and analysis. They know how to reach a variety of audiences and understand the ways images and texts work together to create meaning. With a growing need for savvy, experienced communicators, these skills make our graduates extremely valuable — and highly sought after.
Through the generosity of alumni and other friends, UW-Eau Claire is able to offer a number of scholarships to students pursuing a degree in English. For example, the Les Gilbertson Scholarship offers two scholarships of $450 to English majors in good academic standing. Another scholarship, the Clara B. Small Memorial Scholarship - English, awards $1,650 to a nontraditional student pursuing a degree in English.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
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English - rhetorics of science, technology, and culture emphasis program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major requires a minor or certificate.
- This program is also available as a minor and certificate.
- English Ambassadors
- English Festival
- None of the Above (NOTA)
- Sigma Tau Delta
Writing internships. Thanks to a network of connections decades in the making, students majoring or minoring in English have incredible opportunities for on-the-job learning, with many students working at businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the Chippewa Valley. These internships often result in valuable professional experience that will set you apart when applying for jobs. Previous students have interned at places like Jamf Software, Mayo Clinic Health System, Silicon Graphics, Volume One and the WEAU News Center.
Fascinating research partnerships. UW-Eau Claire has earned national recognition for the research opportunities it provides to its students — something you'll certainly experience while part of the English department. Our faculty will regularly invite you to join one of their ongoing research projects or encourage you to start your own. Your work may include conducting captivating interviews, assisting faculty with data collection or presenting your research findings at local and national conferences.
Academic apprenticeships and tutoring opportunities. As an RSTC major or minor, you'll have the unique opportunity to work as an academic apprentice. This may require you to facilitate class discussions, assist teams with group work, answer questions, provide input for class activities and assignments or teach part of a class session. You may also choose to tutor other students outside of the English department by becoming a Center for Writing Excellence writing assistant. These experiences provide a chance to build skills in leadership, communication and problem-solving, while also improving your writing.
Cultural immersion and study abroad experiences. Partaking in global experiences is highly encouraged at UWEC, which is precisely why we offer so many opportunities to do so. Study abroad in places like England, France, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Scotland, South Africa or Japan. Or explore transnationalism in Jamaica; cultural practices of the Hmong in Fresno, California; and the Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana during a cultural immersion program.
Valuable student clubs and programming. Joining a student organization at UWEC builds your skillset — and your resume. You may mentor current and potential students, organize events or give back to the community. The departmental honors program in English provides even more opportunities for outside-the-classroom learning, including collaborative experiences and advanced engagement with scholarly resources.
Graduates of the RSTC degree know how to contribute to — and thrive in — our information-rich world. Our alumni go on to pursue fascinating writing, editing, communication and design jobs all over the country. And because the skills you'll learn here at UW-Eau Claire are so diverse and transferable, you'll be able to take your pick when it comes to career paths, industries and employers.
English - rhetorics of science, technology, and culture jobs
- Editorial assistant
- Managing editor
- Grant and proposal writer
- Technical writer
- Research assistant
- Human-computer interface designer
- Hardware and software documentation writer
The curriculum within the rhetorics of science, technology, and culture program is built around concepts drawn from classical rhetoric, such as 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. Coursework will provide you with a better understanding of how rhetoric shapes human interactions and how you can use rhetorical strategies in your own writing.
Pair your studies with a minor or another major in areas like biology, geology, physics, social work, communications, psychology, computer science, information systems, chemistry, nursing, marketing, graphic design or environmental studies for even more career options.
Classes for English - rhetorics of science, technology, and culture emphasis majors may include:
- Introduction to Critical Studies
- Introductory English Linguistics
- Introduction to Theory and Criticism
- Histories and Theories of Rhetoric
- Seminar in Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture
- Editing and Publications Management
- Cultural Rhetorics
- Visual Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture
- American Literature from 1865-1945
- Perspectives on Women's Literature
Learn more about the English - rhetorics of science, technology, and culture emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the English - rhetorics of science, technology, and culture minor in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the English - rhetorics of science, technology, and culture certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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- Graphic Communications
- Information Systems
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- Integrated Strategic Communication - Public Relations Emphasis
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