The Bachelor of Arts in WRD focuses on the development and expression of ideas in writing—the very foundation of the liberal arts, and more broadly, contemporary democratic culture. Our lives are increasingly mediated by digital technologies that use writing to organize sound and image in interactive spaces like the World Wide Web. And through text messaging, email, and social networking, individual identity and interpersonal relationships are progressively bound up with writing. At the same time, we face growing demands for communicating across national, cultural, and linguistic borders, requiring us to rethink many assumptions we may have about written communication and expression. As a WRD major, theories of language, rhetoric (how to make effective choices as writers), and discourse (the way writing structures human activity) will help you develop an understanding of the role of the individual writer within communities of writers. WRD majors study a great diversity of writing contexts and engage in varied writing practices and genres in preparation for a full range of dynamic and rewarding careers grounded in written communication.
WRD faculty members are published specialists in the fields that make up writing studies—rhetoric, technical and professional writing, new media studies, and linguistics—allowing you to learn from leading scholars.