Department of Writing and Rhetoric

O'Dowd Hall, Room 378
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2746
fax: (248) 370-2748

Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Writing and Rhetoric for Today

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (WRT) addresses the evolving nature of persuasion and written communication in the 21st century.

Major in Professional and Digital Writing and Rhetoric

We offer a Major in Professional and Digital Writing that provides students with education and experiences in professional writing and digital media composition.

Find Work as a Writer, Designer, or Editor

A degree in Professional and Digital Writing prepares students for careers in the following areas:

  • technical and professional writing
  • editing
  • writing for social media
  • web design
  • writing tutoring and consultation
  • education
  • graduate study in rhetoric and composition or related fields

Minor in Writing

A Minor in Writing provides students with course work and experiences composing for professional, digital, and academic audiences.

Exciting and Relevant Courses

We offer an exciting and cutting-edge range of writing courses that are open to majors and non-majors alike, including:

Courses in
Professional Writing
Courses in
Writing for Digital Media
Courses in
Writing Studies

Business Writing


Grant Writing

Legal Writing

Professional Writing

Science Writing

Technical Writing

Digital Identity
and Culture

Digital Publishing

Digital Storytelling


Rhetoric and
Video Games

Rhetoric of Web Design

Art of Persuasion

Creative Nonfiction

Global Rhetorics

Teaching Writing

Writing Center Studies

Writing with the Community

Many WRT courses fulfill general education requirements for writing-intensive, knowledge applications, global perspectives, and diversity. Check out a full list of our general education and upper-level Course Offerings, or see more information about the range of Featured Classes we're offering this semester.

Get More Information

Learn more about Oakland University's award-winning, nationally recognized First-Year Writing ProgramGet information about our Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Digital Writing or the Minor in Writing. For advanced students, learn about our Graduate Courses, including courses in Digital PublishingTeaching Writing, and Teaching Writing with Digital Media.