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.

Chocolate Party

with guest speaker:
Kirsten J. Allen, Editorial Director and Co-Publisher, Torrey House Press

“The Wild World of Publishing”
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 25
LNCO 2110
Please RSVP by February 20 to


"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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News and Announcements 

Professor Jenny Andrus recently published her book "Entextualizing Domestic Violence," with the  Oxford University Press Studies in Language and Law series. 

Faculty member, Christie Toth, was the winner  of the 2015 Mark  Reynolds  Teaching English in the Two-Year College  Best Article Award for her article   “Unmeasured Engagement: Two-Year College English Faculty and Disciplinary Professional Organizations” published in the journal, Teaching English in the Two-Year College 
The Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies recently received a Transformative Research in the Humanities Grant to establish a Research Center focused on critical areas of writing research. The grant provides funding to foster synthesis across the combination of Writing and Rhetoric Studies individual faculty research efforts, and to support graduate research assistants. Areas of study include first-year writing assessments; a longitudinal study of transfer students; multilingual WAC; and science communication.




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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.