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Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

WRD 390
​In class for WRD 390: Rhetoric and Public Writing

Explore career options​ as a WRD major or Professional Writing minor ​​

WRD Awards Party

WRD students at the annual WRD Awards Party

WRD 111 Dinner

Students and mentors at the WRD 111 Dinner

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.

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