Patrick W. Berry, Chair of the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
239 H.B. Crouse
Lois Agnew, Patrick W. Berry, Collin G. Brooke, Genevieve García de Müeller, Leonard Grant, Margaret Himley, Krista Kennedy, Rebecca Moore Howard, Aja Y. Martinez, Brice Nordquist, Eileen E. Schell, Tony Scott
In addition to offering both a major and a minor, the department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition coordinates and facilitates writing instruction across the curriculum within the University. The goal of the department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition is to integrate writing with reading and critical thinking in all disciplines and to encourage continuing development of these abilities. The department cooperates with other units to help writers and teachers achieve these goals.
Syracuse University students usually take WRT 105 - WRT 105 - Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing and WRT 205 - WRT 205 - Studio 2: Critical Research and Writing . Writing Studios 1 and 2 serve as pre-requisites for upper-division writing courses. Students may begin the major before completing WRT 205.
WRT 105 –taken in the first semester of the first year focuses on the study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, editing, and the use of technologies. Academic writing-especially analysis and argumentation-is the focus.
WRT 205 –normally taken in the spring of the second year-builds on the work of WRT 105 and the experiences of writing during the first year. Students study and practice critical, research-based writing, including research methods, presentation of ideas and information, and source evaluation.
At the upper division level, students may take advanced courses in civic, researched, digital, and professional writing, style and editing, and in creative nonfiction, as well as study rhetoric and identity, information technologies, literacy, and the politics of language and writing.
The Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition is also home to The Writing Center (H.B.Crouse 101; 315-443-5289), a resource for all writers at Syracuse University. See our web site at wrt.syr.edu for more information.