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


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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

The University Writing Program is now The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies!

Assistant Professor Christie Toth has joined the faculty and will begin leading classes in Indigenous Literacies (WRTG 4050).

Fall semester classes begin on August 25th.  Register now.

Contact Us

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies

255 S. Central Campus Drive (LNCO)

Room 3700


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The University Writer (vol. 3)

The University Writer (vol. 2)

The University Writer (vol. 1)