The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD), one of the largest departments at DePaul, is dedicated to studying the history and theory of literate activity and helping students excel as writers in a wide range of academic, professional, and public settings. If you are interested joining the department as a student, learn more about our programs and activities here and at the WRD blog
WRD is home to
three undergraduate programs: DePaul's First-Year
Writing program; the Minor
in Professional Writing; and the Major
in WRD. At the graduate level, the Master
of Arts in WRD addresses writing in professional and technical
contexts, the preparation of postsecondary teacher-scholars in writing, and the
study of language for writers. The
in New Media Studies prepares graduates to function as productive and
responsible individuals in social contexts created by new media through both
critical interpretation and situated practical activity. WRD also offers two Combined
BA/MA programs, which link the WRD BA with either graduate program and
allow undergraduates to begin taking graduate courses in their senior
The act of writing in general and each student's writing in particular are of central concern in all WRD courses. Theories of language, rhetoric (how to make effective choices as writers), and discourse (the way writing structures human activity) develop students' understanding of how the individual act of writing is bound up in broader contexts of institution and culture.
WRD is made up of more than 70
faculty members, all of whom teach at the undergraduate level. The
department's Graduate Faculty comprises nationally recognized researchers in
rhetorical theory and practice, composition theory, writing pedagogy, applied
linguistics, second language writing, professional and technical writing, and
writing program administration.
have questions related to any of the department's curricular programs, please
see the Contact page. Welcome to WRD!