A Message from the Composition Coordinator

Welcome to Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy Studies in the KU English department. We hope that this site will provide a portal into our  program, our course offerings, and the broader field of Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy Studies (CRLS). We’ve included a video that explains our program, and we’ve included a textual overview here as well.

What is Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy Studies?

  • The analysis and creation of arguments for the workplace, classroom and public sphere
  • The examination of the intersections of culture, power and language
  • The study and composition of a multitude of genres, including print documents, audio essays, multimedia texts and more
  • A consideration of the styles, forms and media best suited to audience and purpose

Who takes CRLS courses?

  • Any undergraduates and graduate students wishing to hone their writing processes
  • Secondary education majors
  • English majors
  • Professional Writing majors
  • Graduate students interested in secondary or post-secondary teaching, doctoral studies and other rhetoric and writing related fields.

How will CRLS courses fit into my program of study?

  • All CRLS courses (except ENG 023 and ENG 025) may count as undergraduate general electives
  • In some majors, CRLS courses may count as undergraduate college electives
  • All CRLS courses (except ENG 022 and 025) fulfill Writing Intensive course requirements
  • Graduate students may choose from our 400- and 500-level courses
  • The graduate thesis or portfolio project may have a focus in CRLS

Many students encounter the field of Composition and Rhetoric for the first time in their College Composition course during their first semester at Kutztown. However, inquiry into writing should carry on all throughout one’s college career and professional life. Our CRLS offerings provide a space for that on-going conversation.

Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek

Coordinator of Composition
Associate Professor, English

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