The Master of Arts in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse
(WRD) combines a strong theoretical foundation in rhetoric and discourse with
practical training, preparing students to:
- Write and create content in professional,
technical, Web or nonprofit settings;
- Teach writing and language in post-secondary
- Continue academic study in related PhD
Students are offered unique internship and
community-based experiential learning opportunities, drawing on the city of
Chicago as an extension of our classroom. These opportunities give students
practical experience in grant writing, workplace writing, writing for the Web,
and teaching and tutoring adult literacy and English as Second Language (ESL)
in community centers and two-year colleges.
Strong Curriculum. The rich graduate curriculum engages
students in a range of professional, academic and civic genres and experiences.
Required courses in rhetoric and discourse provide students with breadth in a
range of theoretical and historical disciplinary perspectives, while optional
concentrations allow students to focus in an area of particular relevance to
their own professional goals.
Faculty Expertise and Experience. The programs faculty are teacher-scholars
and active professionals. The faculty shares a commitment to graduate
education, and the program incorporates numerous events, which aim to mentor
and support our graduate students.
Global Outlook. Through the optional graduate certificate
in TESOL, students develop expertise in second-language teaching, especially in
working with multilingual writers. This knowledge is key to teaching writing
in the U.S. today, and it opens up opportunities abroad.
As a WRD student, youll complete a
proseminar course, three courses focused on rhetoric and discourse, and an exit
requirement (either a portfolio, final project or thesis). In addition, you can
choose a concentration (or you can complete the program without a concentration):
Teaching Writing & Language. Courses in this concentration raise issues
pertinent to the teaching of writing and language, college composition, ESL writing
and learning, and writing program administration. Courses ask students to write
syllabi, lesson plans, classroom materials and academic papers. A competitive
teaching apprenticeship program allows advanced students an opportunity to work
as classroom teachers in DePaul's first-year writing program.
Professional & Technical Writing. Courses in this concentration prepare
students to write effectively in business, non-profit and technical contexts,
such as technical writing, Web writing, grant writing and document design.
Practical applications focus on the management of complex information on
technical subject matter for diverse audiences while also emphasizing the
utility of a critical stance toward writing technologies and workplace culture.
Flexible Locations and Times
All courses in the program are taught
once per week (for a total of 10 regular class sessions plus finals) in the
evenings from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the Lincoln Park campus.
courses are required to complete the WRD program. Full-time students take two
courses per quarter and complete the program in six academic quarters (not
including summer term). Many students take longer to complete the program by
taking courses part time.
in WRD may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs.
The combined programs require either the completion of additional coursework or
careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements. Certificates are available
- Teaching English
to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Teaching English
in Two-Year Colleges
you're interested in a certificate combination with WRD, a separate application
process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.