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Rhetoric and Professional Writing


Welcome to the Department of Rhetoric and Professional Writing (RPW). Students can pursue a major or minor in Professional and Technical Writing (PTW).

The goal of the PTW program is to prepare our students for taking their place in the local, regional, national, and global community. While students learn technologies to support their workplace and career goals, it is their engagement with theoretical concepts, diverse perspectives, and critical thinking skills that will enable them to adapt to the everchanging expectations of the future. We also expect and demand that our students look beyond themselves and contribute to the well-being of all peoples.

Our curriculum allows students to explore the myriad of opportunities in the technical writing field, through writing for specific audience needs within differentiating purposes, while effectively applying rhetorical strategies in various contexts.

PTW students study theory in the classroom, apply methodolgy in exploring concepts and ideas, and practice and share their skills in workplace contexts throught internships and service learning opportunities. Take a look through our site to see what PTW has to offer you.