Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Immerse yourself in the power of language and learn how to write for different purposes—to make an advanced argument, to write technically and to incorporate storytelling techniques in creative nonfiction.
As a Writing and Rhetoric major, you will explore the power of language across a range of genres. Discover rhetorical traditions and new writing technologies and learn how writing identity is reflected in different cultures. You’ll also come to understand the relationships among writing, rhetoric, identity, literacy and power.
Working in small, student-centered classes taught by attentive, award-winning faculty, you will gain the skills needed for a variety of today’s careers as well as the adaptability to succeed in jobs that are just emerging.
The major is both rigorous and flexible, allowing you to pursue what you love while deepening your critical thinking, composing and creative problem-solving skills. It’s also a great second major.
You will practice writing in categories such as:
- Creative nonfiction
The student-run magazine, Intertext, features outstanding undergraduate Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition essays, and is published yearly in the spring. This is an opportunity to showcase your hard work.
What can I do with my degree?
Writing and Rhetoric majors become skilled and agile writers ready to pursue a wide range of professions, in areas such as:
- Public relations
- Digital writing
- Public advocacy
Broaden your perspective with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries.
Writing and rhetoric majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, and Madrid, and to World Partner programs CEA Prague, CEDEI Semester in the Andes (Cuenca, Ecuador), Kansai Gaidai University (Osaka, Japan) and University College Dublin.
Summer programs of interest may include Civic Writing (London) and Global Citizens/Global Cities–Critical Research (Madrid).
The Writing Center
The Writing Center offers one-on-one consulting services to support the success of all Syracuse University students. Each year, thousands of students from various academic and linguistic backgrounds visit the Writing Center for help with a wide range of writing projects, including academic assignments, internship applications and professional portfolios. Writing consultants will work with you at any stage of your writing process.
The life lessons I learned. and what I learned about myself as a person were as valuable as my degree.
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Books by our Faculty
Arts-Based Research Methods in Writing Studies: A Primer, by Kate Hanzalik, Routledge Books, 1 edition (Feb. 9, 2021). 120 pps. ISBN: 9780367567064.
After Plato Rhetoric, Ethics, and the Teaching of Writing, edited by John Duffy and Lois Agnew, Utah State University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2020), 286pp., ISBN-13: 978-1607329961
The Wagners, by John Colasacco, Trnsfr Books (August 13, 2019), 97pp., ISBN-13: 978-0578464848
Exquisite Corpse: Studio Art-Based Writing in the Academy, edited by Kate Hanzalik and Nathalie Virgintino, Parlor Press (2019). 278 pps. ISBN: 978-1-64317-071-8 (paperback); 978-1-64317-072-5 (hardcover); 978-1-64317-073-2 (PDF).
Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric, edited by Laurie Gries and Collin Gifford Brooke, Utah State University Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2018), 346pp., ASIN: B07B6S3B3J
Doing Time, Writing Lives: Refiguring Literacy and Higher Education in Prison, by Patrick W. Berry, Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (December 27, 2017), ISBN-13: 978-0809336371
Literacy and Mobility, by Brice Nordquist, Routledge; 1 edition (May 5, 2017), 184pp., ISBN-13: 978-1138189874
The Weight of My Armor: Creative Nonfiction and Poetry by the Syracuse Veterans' Writing Group, edited by Ivy Kleinbart, Peter McShane, and Eileen Schell, Parlor Press (April 13, 2017), 172 pp., ISBN-13: 978-1602359482
Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition, edited by Bruce Horner, Brice Nordquist, and Susan Ryan, Utah State University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2017), 308pp., ISBN-13: 978-1607325222
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Writing and Rhetoric was the one major that I felt was opening doors, instead of closing them.
The selection committee described WAC as a strong comprehensive writing program.