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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).
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.
Michelle Flory is a full-time developmental communications instructor at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.
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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.
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.