Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies

"Rhetoric is rooted in an essential function of language itself, a function that is wholly realistic and continually born anew: the use of language as a symbolic means of inducing cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols."
-Kenneth Burke

About the Department

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies (formerly the University Writing Program) was created in 1984 to ensure that students understand the forms and processes used by successful college-level writers, and that they continue to mature as writers in undergraduate and post-college settings.

Our faculty administer the required expository writing courses and assist departments and preprofessional programs in developing writing instruction for degree candidates in their specific fields. We offer a range of carefully developed undergraduate writing classes ranging from general courses in academic writing at the first-year college level to seminars in discipline-based and professional writing and rhetoric for upper-division students.


News and Announcements

Register Now for Summer and Fall 2014

Environmental Writing in Capitol Reef National Park
SUMMER, 2014 May 28th to June 7th
Earn your CW&HF in a week WRTG 3420
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Excellence in Writing

The Annual Writing Award Ceremony was held Monday, April 21. The Ceremony recognizes students and instructors who have achieved an exemplary standard of university writing at the lower and upper-division levels.

Fellowships and Awards

Congratulations to graduate students-- Sarah Bell, Fiona Harris- Ramsby, Susan Sample, and Amy Williams-- who received national, university and departmental fellowships and awards for 2013-2014. For a description of their projects, click here.

Write. Think. Engage.

Take a writing course fall semester.

Registration begins April 14, 2014.

Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Contact Us

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies

255 S. Central Campus Drive (LNCO)

Room 3700


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The University Writer (vol. 2)

The University Writer (vol. 1)

Last Updated: 6/25/14