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Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies

Writing 1010 and 2010 need to be taken within the first three semesters at the U, and before students enroll in their upper-division CW writing courses.


"Rhetoric is rooted in an essential function of language itself, a function that is wholly realistic and continually born anew: the use of language as a symbolic means of inducing cooperation in beings that by nature respond to symbols."

-Kenneth Burke

About the Department

In July, 2014 the University Writing Program became the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, making it one of several high-profile institutions in the country to better identify its role locally and nationally. We now offer a growing major and minor while still offering essential writing courses to undergraduate and graduate students across campus. Our interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric Studies is currently offered through three partnering departments; students take courses with us and complement their scholarly interest through the partnering department.


Fall Registration

Fall Schedule 2016

Get Gen-Ed credit and Writing credit!

WRTG 5905 Mormon Rhetoric


News and Announcements

The University Writer (vol. 5)

We just released our latest newsletter with updated information and articles written by our students and staff.


Check out Westin Porter's article Uneasy Rider in City Weekly, July 27, 2016.


Shauna Edson named Digital Inclusion Fellow

Shauna Edson was named one of a small handful of national Digital Inclusion Fellows. The program is a partnership between Google and the Nonprofit Technology Network that focuses on increasing digital inclusion in cities where Google Fiber is providing Internet infrastructure. Shauna will work with the Salt Lake City Public Library to increase adult digital literacy.

Learn more about the National Digital Inclusion Fellowship.


Congratulations to our outstanding students and instructors for the 2015-2016 academic year!

This years awards went to:
Cael Campbell for Best Paper Lower Division (1010)
K. Beau Freckleton for Best Paper Lower Division (2010)
Amber Sandberg for Best Paper Upper Division (4200)
Ian Sohl for Best Paper Upper Division (3014)
Nathan Overturf-Lacy for Best Multimodal Composition (3870)
Charissa Che for Graduate Student Writing
Rhett Cooper for Excellence in Teaching
Natalie Stillman-Webb for Excellence in Teaching
Excellence In Writing Awards

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Contact Us

The Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies
255 S. Central Campus Drive (LNCO Bldg.)
Room 3700 / 801.581.7090

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The University Writer (vol. 3)

The University Writer (vol. 5)


Writing is a key component in nearly every career and highly valued in the workplace.  It is generally within the top three skills employers look for in prospective employees. We administer the required expository writing courses, WRTG 1010 and 2010, as well as courses relevant for success in the workplace.

Last Updated: 8/8/16