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Careers in WRD

Writing is a fundamental attribute of high-skill, high-wage, professional work. This is particularly true in sectors of the economy that are expanding. According to the College Board, eighty percent or more of the companies in the service and finance, insurance, and real estate sectors assess writing during hiring, and half of all companies take writing into account when making promotion decisions.  WRD students emerge on the job market with the capacity to think critically, analyze, write, and speak in any communicative context. 

WRD occupies a unique niche in the Liberal Arts at DePaul.  Deeply committed to historical and cultural understanding, the study of rhetoric has been concerned with preparation for effective engagement in civic life and commerce for 2,500 years.  Our coursework situates the development of analytical and communicative skills in direct preparation for rewarding, contemporary careers in the real world.

Writing and Rhetoric majors and Professional Writing minors study and practice writing broadly, in professional and workplace contexts, as well as in more particular career pathways.  In all cases, your learning outcomes will transfer across contexts, strengthening job skills.  Consider courses in Editing (WRD 323), Environmental Writing (WRD 283), Sports Writing (WRD 284), Writing for Public Health and Healthcare (WRD 324), Ghostwriting (WRD 345), Fieldwork in Arts Writing (WRD 376).

From information-technology, to medicine, to business, to sports, to product design, to a full range of applied sciences, technical writers work in every industry that demands the communication of complex information for specific audiences.  Consider Courses in Technical Writing (WRD 204), Writing in Workplace Settings (WRD 301), and Topics in Professional Writing (WRD 320).
Producing digital content for the Internet and mobile applications is one of the fastest growing job sectors globally.  Across every profession, the capacity to create, manage, and strategically deploy digital content is critical. WRD students prepare for dynamic careers in this area by taking Digital Writing (WRD 201), Writing and Metadata (WRD 322), Digital Culture (WRD 261), and Visual Rhetoric (WRD 361).  
Lawyers spend remarkably little time in court.  They spend considerably more time reading and writing, making Writing and Rhetoric the ideal major for law school preparation and jobs across the legal profession, including paralegal, legal secretary, legal transcriptionist, clerk, legal writer.  Study specific preparation for legal careers in Writing in the Legal Profession (WRD 321). 

The highly transferable skills obtained in the Professional Writing minor and Writing and Rhetoric major enable our graduates to work in a great range of rewarding positions.  To learn more about where some of DePaul University’s WRD alumni have found success review our Alumni Jobs List.

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What can I do with a Writing and Rhetoric major?

Looking for more details on what kinds of jobs you can get with a Writing and Rhetoric major? Take a look at this Career Center handout that can help you plan what WRD courses to take in order to pursue a career in fields like law, technical writing, editing/publishing, and more.

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