Writing Majors

Eighteen Program Profiles

edited by Greg Giberson, Jim Nugent, and Lori A. Ostergaard

The writing major is among the most exciting scenes in the evolving American university. Writing Majors is a collection of firsthand descriptions of the origins, growth, and transformations of eighteen different programs. The chapters provide useful administrative insight, benchmark information, and even inspiration for new curricular configurations from a range of institutions.

A practical sourcebook for those who are building, revising, or administering their own writing majors, this volume also serves as a historical archive of a particular instance of growth and transformation in American higher education. Revealing bureaucratic, practical, and institutional matters as well as academic ideals and ideologies, each profile includes sections providing a detailed program review and rationale, an implementation narrative, and reflection and prospection about the program.

Documenting eighteen stories of writing major programs in various stages of formation, preservation, and reform and exposing the contingencies of their local and material constitution, Writing Majors speaks as much to the "how to" of building writing major programs as to the larger "what," "why," and "how" of institutional growth and change.


Greg Giberson is an associate professor of writing and rhetoric at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan. He coauthored a proposal that established an undergraduate degree in writing and rhetoric at OU and is the chief advisor for undergraduate majors in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. He has presented and published on various aspects of the development and implementation of undergraduate degrees in writing, most recently in Composition Forum. He is also coeditor of the collection The Knowledge Economy Academic and the Commodification of Higher Education from Hampton Press.

Jim Nugent is associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University.

Lori A. Ostergaard is associate professor and director of first-year writing in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $27.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-971-5
  • Ebook Price: $21.95
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  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-972-2
  • Publication Month: February
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Pages: 236
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Greg Giberson, Jim Nugent, and Lori A. Ostergaard
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-971-5
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