University of Minnesota
Department of Writing Studies

Department of Writing Studies

Department of Writing Studies

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Writing in the 21st century is global, social, and digital. An e-mail message or Twitter post can span the entire globe in mere seconds. A common scholarly goal in this department is the sustained study of all aspects of writing and literacy practices—history and theory, production and circulation, material and digital, social and collaborative, textual and visual. Our work coheres around a common set of questions about the global, social, and digital literacies of our time.
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Welcome to the Department of Writing Studies. Part of the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts, we are an academic department with nationally recognized strengths in teaching and scholarship in rhetoric, writing, and technical communication.

The department touches the lives of nearly every undergraduate on campus through the First Year Writing program, as well as popular courses including technical writing and communication, professional writing, rhetorical theory, and digital communication. We are also the administrative home of the Center for Writing and the journal, Written Communication.

Graduates from our B.S., M.S., and certificate program are prepared for successful careers in scientific and technical communication and are in high demand by companies both local and national. Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates pursue careers in academic settings, becoming college and university professors.

If you have any questions, please email or call us. Or stop in and visit us in Nolte Center on the Minneapolis campus.

Featured Items

  • Reconstructing Oratorical Performance Space in Ancient Greece

    Graff IAS flyer

    April 22, 2014, 3:30pm
    Best Buy Theater, Northrop
    Richard Graff, Writing Studies & Literacy and Rhetorical Studies, U of M; 2013 IAS Residential Fellow

    April 1st, 2014
  • Upcoming publications by Prof. Anne Lazaraton

    Based on her very productive sabbatical last year, Professor Anne Lazaraton has two papers forthcoming: one in Language@Internet and the other in the Journal of Pragmatics. "Aaaaack! The active voice was used!: Language play, technology, and repair in the Daily Kos weblog" is one great title!! Congratulations, Anne!

    February 11th, 2014
  • Brian Larson to present at ISSA conference

    Ph.D. candidate Brian Larson will be presenting at the 8th quadrennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation in July 2014 in Amsterdam. His presentation is titled "'Irreparable harm' and legal arguments by analogy and example." He will present the results of a pilot empirical study of written legal arguments and oral reports of authors' cognition to explore the following research questions: Do American lawyers perceive differences between arguments by analogy and arguments by example, and if so, how are those differences represented in their argumentative writing? The complete abstract is available on his academic blog.

    February 11th, 2014