Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy
Ohio State's program in RCL has a proud history as a national leader in scholarship and teaching, from the foundational work of scholars like Edward P.J. Corbett, through the work of alumni like Robert Connors and Andrea Lunsford, and now expanding ever further through the investigations of current students and faculty. In its support of scholarship on cultural theories and practices of reading, writing, composing, communicating, and consuming media, RCL is a rich and diverse part of the English department community.
Rhetoric scholars at OSU ask how discourse works, and students in rhetoric enjoy a wide range of options for the study of rhetorical culture as shaped by class, race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and local context. We take up historical investigations into rhetorical practices; theoretical exploration of rhetorical situations, functions, norms, and boundaries; critical analysis of rhetorical strategies and choices within and across texts; and pedagogical inquiry into the transmission of expressive and receptive abilities. All these modes of inquiry help us to understand how discourse works across the genres and technologies of cultural production.