Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Writing 1010 and 2010 need to be taken within the first three semesters at the U, and before students enroll in their upper-division CW writing courses.


The Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno November 7-8, 2014.

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This year's theme is Literacies and Rhetorics of Crisis. Keynote speaker is Peter Mortensen, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

"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

In July, 2014 the University Writing Program became the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, making it one of several high-profile institutions in the country to better identify its role locally and nationally. We now offer a growing major and minor while still offering essential writing courses to undergraduate and graduate students across campus. Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric Studies is currently offered through three partnering departments; students take courses with us and complement their scholarly interest through the partnering department.

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Spring Classes

Spring Schedule

Writing on Utah's Asia Campus

Two faculty members in the Department, Professors Jay Jordan and Joel Mullen, are currently in Songdo, Korea at the U's new Asia Campus, which recently opened. Professor Jordan was invited to teach a course on Global Citizenship, and Professor Mullen is teaching introductory and intermediate writing. Both faculty have extensive experience living and teaching writing internationally: Jordan in Poland and Mullen in Mexico.

Research on Campus Writing

A new study on first-year composition is revealing interesting trends on how students fare in completing the courses successfully. One finding is that students who complete Writing 1010 or WRTG 2010 in the Fall are more successful than those who complete the courses in the Spring. The research is being conducted by Professors Jenny Andrus, Christie Toth, and Natalie Stillman-Webb. Rachel Meads, a Writing & Rhetoric graduate student and Barbara Ochoa, an undergraduate major in writing, are assisting. Stay tuned as more results are posted.

Graduate applications are due to the Graduate School in December 2014. For more information contact




Undergraduate courses

Graduate courses

Contact Us

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies
255 S. Central Campus Drive (LNCO Bldg.)
Room 3700 / 801.581.7090

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The University Writer (vol. 3)

Writing is a key component in nearly every career and highly valued in the workplace.  It is generally within the top three skills employers look for in prospective employees. We administer the required expository writing courses, WRTG 1010 and 2010, as well as courses relevant for success in the workplace.