Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in professional and technical writing (PTW) develops written and rhetorical literacy through coursework that provides practical writing, editing, and document design skills for the 21st century. The 120-hour, online degree program has two concentrations: nonfiction and technical writing. PTW graduates work as technical writers, grant writers, freelance writers, teachers, nonfiction writers, ghost writers, web developers, and editors.

University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

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First Year Experience

Choose 3 hours

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

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Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enha...

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PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium

3 credit hours

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Communication – Written

Choose 3 - 6 hours

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
OR
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

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1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

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1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

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For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

3 credit hours

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Fine Arts

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

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A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

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Basic elements of movies, the process of movie making, and the approaches to movie aesthetics and criticism. Assignments may include viewing motion pictures at local theatres. Three credit hours.

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MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures

3 credit hours

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Humanities

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

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Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

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This course will examine myths from around the world, exploring how archetypal themes and motifs reflect shared moral, philosophic, and aesthetic concerns. An emphasis will be placed on how these myths are transmitted ac...

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ENGL 2339 Mythology

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

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Social Sciences

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the concept of culture, cultural processes, and anthropological theories. Topics include subsistence strategies, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, economics, marriage, s...

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ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

3 credit hours

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Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

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The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

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The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, rel...

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GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary analysis of gender. Includes examination of gender identity, social roles, and cultural symbolism in politics, economics, family, health, socializa...

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GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies

3 credit hours

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Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

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Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

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History of Civilization

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

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U.S. History or Government

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

College Core Courses (14 hours)

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Science

Choose 8 hours

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A hands-on examination of the study of past and present human and nonhuman primates as biological organisms. Topics include human genetics, variation and osteology, nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior, forensic anthro...

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ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

3 credit hours

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1301 - Study of the process of science by which knowledge about our place in the cosmos is obtained. Examples of possible observations and the inferences drawn from them. 1101 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1301 or ...

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ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

4 credit hours

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Evolutionary, ecological, and environmental interrelationships among organisms. Basic biological principles and modern technology form the basis for inquiry and debate.

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BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

3 credit hours

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The process of science, including observation, evaluation, and predictions, will be applied to the understanding of biological principles. Illustration of the methods of science in the study of major biological concepts,...

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BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, or 1411 and 1412, AND CHEM 1400 or 1402, or their equivalents. The morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms; the relationship of microorganisms to biotechnology, medi...

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BIOL 2401 Microbiology

3 credit hours

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1302 - An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. 1102 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302...

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ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

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1303 - An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. 1103 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC ...

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ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

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1304 - This is an introductory course environmental geology course that examines interactions between human beings and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caus...

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ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab

4 credit hours

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Mathematics

Choose 3 hours

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Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test Corequisite with consent of instructor: MATH 1302.

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MATH 1303 Trigonometry

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302 or an equivalent transfer course or an ACT Mathematics score of 24. Not intended for mathematical science majors or minors.

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MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

3 credit hours

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MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Differential and integral calculus with applications to economics and management sci...

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MATH 1342 Business Calculus

3 credit hours

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The course includes concepts in​ ​algebra and trigonometry that are directly applicable to success​ ​in calculus such as functions, equations, trigonometric identities​ ​systems of equations and conic sectio...

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MATH 1401 Pre-calculus

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

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Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication-Speech

Choose 3 hours

Speech Communication majors must select SPCH 1300

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This course helps students effectively deliver an oral presentation to an adult audience; listen to and critique objectively the oral presentations of others; effectively participate in one-to-one communication experienc...

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ACOM 1300 Speech Communication

3 credit hours

Required Courses (21 hours)

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Program Foundation Courses

Choose 21 credit hours

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Prerequisites: RHET 1311 and 1312 or equivalents. A study of contemporary issues in language research from rhetorical and social perspectives. Three credit hours.

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RHET 3320 Contemporary Issues in Language and Rhetoric

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: RHET 1311 and 1312 or equivalents. An introductory editing course that focuses on basic editing and proofreading skills. Course includes review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Editing practice incl...

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RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style and Clarity

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. A theoretical and practical introduction to the art of written persuasion. Emphasis on persuasive techniques and their ethical consequences. Three credit hours.

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RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Intensive instruction in the theory and practice of technical communication. Emphasis on understanding audience, establishing a clear purpose, using technology, acquiring a sens...

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RHET 3326 Technical Writing

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Study and practice of nonfiction writing to explore, investigate, and explain ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Emphasis on style, voice, revision, and collaboration. Three ...

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RHET 3317 Nonfiction

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or 3326. Study and practice of the use of visual elements in technical communication. Emphasis on typography, page layout, data displays, pictorial communication, and usability testing for both pr...

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RHET 4305 Document Design

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. A study of theories of rhetoric and writing. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5301. Three credit hours.

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RHET 4301 Theories of Rhetoric and Writing

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: senior standing. Focuses on professional development and synthesizing the major concepts within rhetorical/writing theory. One credit hour.

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RHET 4190 Colloquium in Rhetoric and Writing

1 credit hours

Program Concentration Courses (15 hours)

Students may choose one of two concentrations: nonfiction or technical writing.

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Nonfiction Concentration

Choose 15 credit hours

Students are encouraged to take RHET 3300 as one of their concentration courses. RHET 4345 and 4347 may be repeated for additional credit hours.

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Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and the research process as applied to the study of written communication. Three credit hours.

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RHET 3300 Introduction to Research

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or permission of the instructor. Intensive study of classical and new rhetorics. Emphasis on solving rhetorical problems. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ...

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RHET 4315 Advanced Persuasive Writing

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3317 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. An advanced nonfiction writing class. Study and practice of writing to explore, investigate, and explain. Students will write a variety ...

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RHET 4317 Advanced Nonfiction Writing

3 credit hours

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Presents an overview of the history of book printing and publishing technologies from 1450 to the present. Students will explore the implications of different publishing technologies for literacy learning, and civic part...

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RHET 4324 Technology of the Book

3 credit hours

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Introduces students to the publishing process and provides insight into the roles and career paths available in the publishing industry. The course offers guided practice in conceiving and developing a proposal for a non...

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RHET 4326 Publishing Inside Out

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Theory and practice of persuasion with topics varying each semester. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5345. Three credit...

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RHET 4345 Topics in Persuasive Writing

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3317 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Theory and practice of nonfiction writing with topics varying each semester. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5347. Thre...

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RHET 4347 Topics in Nonfiction Writing

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Survey, theory and practice of grant writing (solicited and non- solicited) and the philanthropic sector. Topics include, ...

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RHET 4375 Grant Writing

3 credit hours

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Technical Writing Concentration

Choose 15 credit hours

Students are encouraged to take RHET 3300 as one of their concentration courses. RHET 4345 and 4346 may be repeated for additional credit hours.

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Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and the research process as applied to the study of written communication. Three credit hours.

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RHET 3300 Introduction to Research

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. Theory of and practice in writing for government and business organizations. Topics will include training manuals, job descriptions,...

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RHET 4306 Writing for Business & Government

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or permission of the instructor. Intensive study of classical and new rhetorics. Emphasis on solving rhetorical problems. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ...

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RHET 4315 Advanced Persuasive Writing

3 credit hours

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Presents an overview of the history of book printing and publishing technologies from 1450 to the present. Students will explore the implications of different publishing technologies for literacy learning, and civic part...

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RHET 4324 Technology of the Book

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3315 or permission of instructor. Designed for all majors, particularly for pre-law students and writers interested in the discourse of the law. Students will read a variety of judicial decisions on cu...

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RHET 4325 Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Argument

3 credit hours

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Introduces students to the publishing process and provides insight into the roles and career paths available in the publishing industry. The course offers guided practice in conceiving and developing a proposal for a non...

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RHET 4326 Publishing Inside Out

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Theory and practice of persuasion with topics varying each semester. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5345. Three credit...

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RHET 4345 Topics in Persuasive Writing

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. The theory and practice of technical communication; topics vary each semester. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ...

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RHET 4346 Topics in Technical Communication

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. Ability to compose effective technical writing and/or computer competency. Introduction to basic web design and construction; c...

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RHET 4371 Writing on the Web

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Survey, theory and practice of grant writing (solicited and non- solicited) and the philanthropic sector. Topics include, ...

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RHET 4375 Grant Writing

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

After admission to UALR, any student may be admitted to the program. Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our “Become a Student” section.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 120 minimum total hours, including 36 hours of major requirements, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence. This program requires second-language proficiency, but it does not require a minor program of study. See the Undergraduate Catalog or contact the program advisor for more information.

Program Advisor

Dr. Heidi Harris | 501.569.8327 | haharris@ualr.edu
Department of Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Program Coordinator

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280