Writing, speaking, and argumentation are integral to a liberal arts education. Effective writing and speaking in academic contexts requires advanced critical thinking and research skills, all of which are best developed throughout the entire college experience and in a variety of disciplinary contexts. At Calvin, the Rhetoric Across the Curriculum (RAC) Program fosters student engagement with writing, speaking, and information literacy. Students enter the program through the Calvin Core curriculum, taking foundational courses in written, oral, and visual rhetoric. They continue through the program in their major, taking rhetoric-intensive courses that emphasize critical rhetorical practices in the discipline.

For students, the RAC Program ensures that rhetorical instruction is an integral part of every academic program and that students develop rhetorical skills required to participate in their chosen disciplines and professions. The program supports faculty as they develop assignments and pedagogical practices, teach rhetoric-intensive courses, and gain knowledge about writing and the writing process.

Please contact Kristine Johnson, University Rhetoric Director, to learn more about Rhetoric Across the Curriculum or to discuss how we might assist you and your students.

The Rhetoric Center website provides resources for student and faculty.