2023-2024 Catalog


The College Writing Program seeks to equip students for academic success and postgraduate careers that require knowledge of advanced communication and writing skills. We provide instruction in composition theory and practice and in rhetoric across diverse traditions. Our courses teach students about the forms of writing they are likely to encounter, provide opportunities for students to rethink and refine their writing processes and habits, and teach students strategies or techniques for adapting their writing styles to specific audiences, disciplines, and genres. Our courses also span a range of genres in composition and rhetoric, including cultural rhetorics, visual rhetorics, creative nonfiction, civic writing, and journalism. Through our interdisciplinary curriculum, our courses ask students to examine writing and rhetoric as embedded in culture and to consider the relations among writing, rhetoric, identity, literacy, and power. Our program is committed to enacting the college's mission through our curricular focus on diversity and equity. 

Core and Writing Requirements

Many courses in the College Writing Program fulfill Core requirements in US Diversity, pre-1800, and Fine Arts. In addition, WRD 201 (The Art of Essay Writing) fulfills the First Stage Writing Requirement (a requirement for graduation) and in some cases the Second Stage Writing Requirement should students not pass this requirement in their major. 

Please see information on the college's Writing Requirements.

Interdisciplinary Writing Minor

Our program is the main contributor of courses to the Interdisciplinary Writing (IW) minor. Students can get information about the IW minor and receive signatures for declaring, graduation, and potential study abroad course equivalents by meeting with the Writing Programs Director. 

Click here for courses in the Interdisciplinary Writing Minor.