What will I learn?

The department offers students first-year composition, a variety of specialized courses to help improve writing skills, a bachelor’s in professional and technical writing, and a master’s degree in professional and technical writing.

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing strongly advises that, as much as possible, majors take required courses in the following sequence immediately after declaring the major:

RHET 3322 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing

RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style, and Clarity

Note that RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing, RHET 3317 Nonfiction, and RHET 3326 Technical Writing are prerequisites for most 4000-level courses, so they should be taken as soon as possible after the introductory courses. RHET 4305 Document Design applies to all types of professional writing and should also be taken early in the major.

Major (36 hours)

College and/or Program Foundation Courses (21 hours)

RHET 3322 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing

RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style and Clarity

RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing

RHET 3326 Technical Writing

RHET 3317 Nonfiction

RHET 4305 Document Design

RHET 4301 Theories of Rhetoric and Writing

RHET 4190 Colloquium in Rhetoric and Writing

Which department am I in?

College of Social Science and Communication

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,779.60 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Social Science and Communication

2801 South University Avenue,

120 Ross Hall,



72204, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to have TOEFL score of 525 on paper-based.

For international students

First-time freshmen students must have any high school and post-secondary school transcripts, accompanied by English translations. Minimum cumulative high school GPA: 2.5 out of 4.0. TOEFL: 525 Paper-based, 61 Internet-based; IELTS: 6.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.