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

  • Stephen Katz Lecture October 22nd

    Please join us on October 22nd from 11:30 to 1pm in Nolte 125 for a special guest lecture by Professor Steve Katz of Clemson University, co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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    September 24th, 2014
  • The importance of teaching communication skills to scientists

    Alan Alda addresses the importance of teaching communication skills to scientists as he accepts his Honorary Fellow award from STC.

    September 24th, 2014