University of Minnesota
Department of Writing Studies

Department of Writing Studies

Graduate Studies

The Department of Writing Studies offers three graduate degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication (RSTC)
  • Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication (RSTC)
  • Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication (STC)
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Technical Communication

Engaged Faculty

The Department of Writing Studies is home to a core of internationally recognized scholars who explore and expand our understanding of writing and the ways people use written texts to shape the world. Our research and teaching interests range widely, but with particular strengths in: rhetorical theory and history; scientific and technical communication; writing pedagogy; textual analysis; digital literacies; and — more generally — the relationships among writers, readers, and broader social and cultural contexts.

World-class Resources

Our students benefit from being at a leading research-based university that offers courses in related, supporting fields such as cultural studies, history, literature, and the social sciences. Past students have also pursued coursework in this University’s professional schools of education, law, engineering, and public health. This diversity of options also enables students to study with affiliated faculty with expertise in rhetoric of science, communication studies, journalism and mass communication, feminist studies, human-computer interaction, curriculum and instruction, and literacy and rhetorical studies, among others. The University also has a superb library system with extensive electronic resources and print holdings.

Individual Attention

The number of graduate students in our programs is small, so students receive close, individual attention as they work through the course requirements, examinations, capstone projects, and for Ph.D. students, the dissertation.

Learning Plus

The University of Minnesota is located in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This location combines the entertainment and recreational opportunities of a major city with a compact footprint that makes it convenient to get from school to home and beyond.