The department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD) is dedicated to studying the history and theory of literate activity and helping students excel as writers in a wide range of academic, professional, and public settings.

WRD is home to DePaul University’s First-Year Writing program; in addition, the department offers the Minor in Professional Writing and the major in WRD.

We also offer a graduate-level MA in WRD. Graduates of the MA in WRD program go on to become professional writers and digital communicators in nonprofit and for-profit organizations, as well as writing teachers and writing center administrators in post-secondary institutions.

WRD undergraduate students have the option to complete a Combined BA/MA, which allows them to begin taking graduate courses in their senior year.