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Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse

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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Read More of Student Work Spotlight, Weronika Koleda's "Between Two Mirrors"

Student Work Spotlight: Weronika Koleda’s “Between Two Mirrors”

WRD major Weronika Koleda shared her art and writing in a piece titled Between Two Mirrors at the KINETIC art gallery this quarter. We were lucky to catch up with Weronika following the gallery to learn more about her art and her experience with language.

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Alumni Spotlight Natalie Schawel

Alumni Spotlight

WRD alumna Natalie Schawel graduated in June 2018 with an MA in WRD with a concentration in teaching and a certification in TESOL.  We recently spoke to Natalie to learn more about her transition from teaching high school English to her current position as a Web Content Specialist for Care Content, and how her experiences in the WRD program helped to guide her career path.

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