To inquire about this program:
Admission Office | 312-362-8300 

In the Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD) program, you will strengthen your writing ability, study the art of writing and speaking effectively, and gain an understanding of how writing is used by various communities in our culture.

As a WRD major, you will take courses in:

  • Composition
  • Digital culture
  • Editing
  • Fieldwork in arts writing
  • Professional writing
  • Semiotics (study of signs and symbols)
  • Technical writing
  • Visual rhetoric (communication)
  • Writing for workplace contexts
  • Writing style
WRD faculty members are published specialists in the fields of rhetoric, composition studies, cultural studies, technical and professional writing, and new media studies, allowing you to learn from leading scholars in whichever areas you choose to specialize.

We also offer a combined Bachelor’s/Master's of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse degree and a combined Bachelor of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse/Master of Secondary Education in English degree. Both programs allow you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.

Internship Possibilities

  • Active Transportation Alliance
  • City of Chicago
  • Danny Did Foundation
  • The Evans International Law Firms
  • Morningstar, Inc.
  • Time Out Chicago magazine
  • Worldwatch Institute



What can you do with this degree?

  • Advertising
  • Campaign writing
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Grant writing
  • Lobbying
  • Marketing
  • Online writing
  • Print writing
  • Publishing
  • Technical writing