​Writing and Rhetoric

​College of Arts and Sciences

Immerse yourself in the genres and practices of writing.

Learn how to write in every form, from advanced argument to technical or creative nonfiction, or public essay. Explore rhetorical traditions and new writing technologies, and learn how writing identity is reflected in different cultures. You’ll also come to understand the relationships among writing, rhetoric, identity, literacy, and power.

Gain the strong writing, reasoning, and communication skills you need to pursue careers that demand practitioners with your passion for words and ideas.

Major in writing and rhetoric

Sample Courses

  • Rhetoric and Ethics
  • Technical Documentation and Usability
  • Studies in Creative Nonfiction
  • Emerging Technologies in Professional and Technical Writing
  • Theorizing History and Culture
  • Writing for News and Public Relations in a Digital Age

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Practical Experience

As a writing and rhetoric major, you’ll maintain an electronic portfolio of your writing that showcases your expertise in different genres and rhetorical contexts, in addition to reflecting your growth and development as a writer.

Seize opportunities to do community volunteering and professional internships—on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

Turn to the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with innovative educational programs and your undergraduate research activities. The center can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. Write for the different campus magazines, or explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, publications, and service.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study. Writing and rhetoric majors will find relevant programs with accredited classes in Florence and Hong Kong, as well as in many world partner programs.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in writing and rhetoric, you can explore such careers as:

  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Business
  • Public relations
  • Public advocacy
  • Editing and publishing
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, library science, education, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.