Greg Giberson and Tom Moriarty have collected a rich volume
that offers a state-of-the-field look at the question of the
undergraduate writing major, a vital issue for compositionists as
the discipline continues to evolve. What We Are Becoming
provides an indispensable resource for departments and WPAs who are
building undergraduate majors.
Contributors to the volume address a range of vital questions for
undergraduate programs, including such issues as the competition
for majors within departments, the job market for undergraduates,
varying focuses and curricula of such majors, and the formation of
them in departments separate from English. Other chapters discuss
the importance of flexibility, consider arguments for a rhetorical
or civic discourse core for the writing major, address the
relationship between rhetoric and composition majors, and review
the role of multiliteracies in the major.
The field of composition has not come to a consensus on the shape,
content, or focus of the undergradutate major. But as individual
programs develop and refine their curricula, one thing has become
clear: we must think about them in ways that go beyond our
particular circumstances, theorize them in ways that secure their
place on our campuses and in our discipline for years to come.
What We Are Becoming is an effort to do just that.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Education
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