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Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Academics in Writing and Rhetoric
Academics in Writing and Rhetoric
Our course offerings will challenge your knowledge and assumptions and help you grow as a writer and speaker.  READ MORE: Academic program in writing and rhetoric
Writing and Rhetoric Faculty
Writing and Rhetoric Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our writing and rhetoric faculty.
Long a part of the liberal arts tradition, rhetoric is the art of effective language use in written, oral, and visual communication.  

About Writing and Rhetoric

With roots in ancient Greece and branches in the most recent technologies, rhetoric is simultaneously the oldest and newest interdisciplinary academic field, fundamentally engaged by the relationship between language and culture.

As a discipline, rhetoric demonstrates how texts generate knowledge, mediate power, and enact change; as an art, rhetoric enables you to create persuasive discourse as a speaker and a writer.

Courses in rhetoric and writing will position you to become a critical language user, and will prepare you for postgraduate training and careers in publishing, journalism, and other communications media – important fields in an increasingly global society.

Studying in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

We offer you the opportunity to pursue a minor course of study in writing and rhetoric. The department offers courses in expository writing at the introductory (100), intermediate (200–300), and advanced (300–400) levels, as well as courses in the history, practice, and theory of rhetoric.

Department Contacts

Chair: Kermit Campbell
Administrative assistant: Kelly Snyder (
Office: 200 Lathrop Hall (University Studies)
Phone: 315-228-7807