BA English (Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies)


Enact social change by creating compelling arguments, engaging in collaborative problem-solving and transforming words into action. This program is for those who want to be on the cutting edge of knowledge. You can use technology, language and design to make a lasting impact.

Program Description

The BA program in English with a concentration in writing, rhetorics and literacies teaches students strategies for inquiry.

Students explore the ways in which communication creates knowledge and action. Students study how communication is constructed, circulated, reacted to and repurposed through time and place. Through differing tools of inquiry, students investigate the history, theories and methods of inquiry as well as pragmatic and social actions of rhetoric, writing and literacies.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements. https://thecollege.asu.edu/concurrent-and-second-baccalaureate-degrees


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

Career opportunities are vast for this concentration: in business, private companies, government, nonprofit organizations and anywhere where critical inquiry, innovative thinking, communication, decision-making, future studies and collaboration are valued and needed. This program also prepares students for further education in teaching, law and other professional programs.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Communications Specialist


  • Growth: -2.3%
  • Median Salary*: $67,120

Editor


  • Growth: -7.3%
  • Median Salary*: $63,400

English Professor


  • Growth: 2.1%
  • Median Salary*: $69,000

Freelance Writer


  • Growth: -2.3%
  • Median Salary*: $67,120

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $62,870

Public Relations Specialist


  • Growth: 7.2%
  • Median Salary*: $62,810
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Social Services Director


  • Growth: 17.0%
  • Median Salary*: $69,600
  Bright Outlook

Technical Writer


  • Growth: 7.4%
  • Median Salary*: $74,650
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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