The Department of Writing Studies offers three graduate degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate:
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.
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 opportunities to pursue 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.
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.
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.
The department is proud of the amazing presence we'll have at this year's Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB) conference! We're pleased to be able to support our faculty and graduate students to attend this prestigious meeting in Paris. Congratulations to PhD students Ashley Clayson, Kira Dreher, Brian Larson, Molly Li, Michael Madson, Timothy Oleksiak, Rachel Tofteland; to instructors Bill West and Kimberly Thomas-Pollei; and to Professors Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch and Christina Haas.February 11th, 2014
Congrats to Jacqueline Schiappa! Her book chapter, "Third Wave, Breaking" has been accepted for the (Summer 2014) Demeter Press anthology This is what a feminist slut looks like': Perspectives on the SlutWalk movement. Her chapter addresses Slutwalk as an emblematic figure of third wave feminist theoretical transitions.
Félicitations to Laura Pigozzi, Brian Larsen, Timothy Oleksiak, Kira Dreher, Dawn Armfield, Ashley Clayson, Bill West, Kim Thomas-Pollei, Christina Haas, and Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch. All have been accepted to the 2014 Writing Research Across Borders in Paris, France! http://conference2014.fr/.
And finally well done and best wishes to Doctors Dawn Armfield, Drew Virtue, and Joshua Welsh who successfully defended their dissertations this summer, and to Susan Leem, our newest MA graduate.July 23rd, 2013