The requirements below apply to those students with a 2022-2023 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

Writing & Rhetoric


The Writing and Rhetoric department seeks to equip students for academic success and postgraduate careers that require knowledge of advanced communication and writing skills. We provide instruction in composition theory and practice and in rhetoric across diverse traditions. Our courses teach students about the forms of writing they are likely to encounter, provide opportunities for students to rethink and refine their writing processes and habits, and teach students strategies or techniques for adapting their writing styles to specific audiences, disciplines, and genres. Our courses also span a range of genres in composition and rhetoric, including cultural rhetorics, visual rhetorics, creative nonfiction, civic writing, and journalism. Through our interdisciplinary curriculum, WRD asks students to examine writing and rhetoric as embedded in culture and to consider the relations among writing, rhetoric, identity, literacy, and power. Our department is committed to enacting the college's mission through our curricular focus on diversity and equity. 

Core and Writing Requirements

Many courses in Writing and Rhetoric fulfill Core requirements in US Diversity, pre-1800, and Fine Arts. In addition, WRD 201 (The Art of Essay Writing) fulfills the First Stage Writing Requirement (a requirement for graduation) and in some cases the Second Stage Writing Requirement should students not pass this requirement in their major. 

Please see information on the college's Writing Requirements.

Interdisciplinary Writing Minor

Although the college does not offer students the opportunity to major in WRD, our department is the main contributing department to the Interdisciplinary Writing (IW) minor. Students can get information about the IW minor and receive signatures for declaring, graduation, and potential study abroad course equivalents by meeting with the WRD Chair. 

Click here for courses in the Interdisciplinary Writing Minor.

Writing Center

The Writing and Rhetoric department oversees the staffing, curriculum, and programming of the college's Writing Center. Faculty in WRD support student writers both in the classroom and through their expertise as Writing Specialists in the Writing Center. 

See the Writing Center Website for more information about writing support services at,

Transfer Credit Policies

The Writing and Rhetoric Program policy on transfer credit conforms to College policy. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for details. For first-time first-year students, transfer courses may not substitute for WRD 201. For information on how transfer courses may apply to the two-stage writing requirement please see the Proficiency in Writing: Two-Stage Requirement section of this catalog.


Writing & Rhetoric Courses

Contact Writing & Rhetoric
Academic Commons

Ground Floor

Victoria Bandini
Department Coordinator for Disability Services, Writing & Rhetoric & the Writing Center
Office: LIB 25