DePaul University College of LAS > Academics > Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

US News Report
U.S. News ranked Technical Writer as #3 in Best Creative & Media Jobs. Check out the full report.
WRD Career Handout

Explore career options​ as a WRD major or Professional Writing minor, and use this handout to plan what WRD courses to take in order to pursue a career in fields like law, technical writing, editing/publishing, and more.

2/10: The Writing and Rhetoric Without Borders Speaker Series Continues with Victoria J. Gallagher
WRD Fest
​WRD Throwback! WRD Fest, circa 2013

The development and expression of ideas in writing is the foundation of a liberal education, and more broadly, contemporary democratic culture. In government, education, and all manner of professions, it is through writing that we determine our values, define norms of appropriate behavior, and pursue our goals. Our lives are increasingly mediated by digital technologies that use writing to organize sound and image in interactive spaces like the World Wide Web, and through text messaging and email, individual identity and interpersonal relationships are progressively bound up with writing. At the same time, we face growing demands for communicating across national, cultural, and linguistic borders, requiring us to rethink many assumptions we may have about written communication and expression. The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse engages various writing practices and genres to prepare students to excel in the range of contexts in which they will go on to write.

If you have questions related to any of the department's curricular programs, please see the Contact page. Welcome to WRD!

  • Spotlight

    Alumni Spotlight

    Molly Rentscher is a writing center coordinator at Arizona State University.

    Learn More

  • WRD Blog

    Stay informed about WRD and NMS internships, job opportunities, department news and events, and more. 

    Visit Blog

  • Spotlight

    Student Spotlight

    Elise Jackson, a current student in the BA in WRD program, shares about how WRD is helping her prepare for a future in speech therapy.

    Learn More