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Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, BA - BS

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
The Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication is offered by the James Madison University comprises a community of exceptional faculty, dedicated staff, talented students and energetic alumni in one of the only stand-alone schools dedicated to the art and science of communication across a variety of modes and genres. 
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Overview

The Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication offered by the James Madison University emphasizes scholarly, humanistic and social scientific perspectives on the function and application of communication technologies, with instruction in areas such as:

  • Literacy studies
  • Rhetoric
  • Writing and tutoring pedagogy
  • Editing
  • Web theory and design
  • Publications management
  • Content and information management
  • Professional Writing

In addition to offering students the rhetorical tools with which to excel as professional communicators, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) programs also prepare graduates for academic studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at the master's level.

There are a number of fields (and potential career paths) represented in this interdisciplinary major. A study of writing, rhetoric and technical communication combines scholarly, humanistic and social scientific perspectives on the function and application of communication technologies, with instruction in areas such as:

  • digital storytelling
  • web theory and design
  • content strategy
  • rhetorical theory
  • writing pedagogy
  • professional editing
  • publications management
  • writing for professional communities (nonprofits, health/medicine, business, industry, and government)

In addition to offering the rhetorical tools with which to excel as professional communicators, this field also prepares students for Master's level study in a variety of fields (public policy, public health, digital rhetoric, writing studies) as well as for professional programs such as law school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • Theory and Methods in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • Professional Editing
  • Language, Law and Ethics
  • Internship in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • Capstone in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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