Allegorical copper engraving by F. Bleyswyk from a 1720 edition of Quintilian's Institutio Oratorio. Flanking a scene of public persuasion are Athena (left), the goddess of wisdom, and Hermes (right), the god of trickery and deceit. Together they represent the range of rhetoric between wise cousel and tricky persuasion.
At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the Rhetoric & Composition Studies Program provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of written language. Faculty and students study the ways people learn to read and write; the social, cognitive, psychological and emotional influences on this learning process; and the various uses, including cultural and political, of written and spoken texts. They also study the teaching of writing, professional and technical writing, writing assessment, computers and writing, research methodologies, and the history of rhetoric and composition. The Rhetoric & Composition Studies faculty have also, for over ten years, run a successful Community Writing program, and additionally oversee the operations of the Writing Center, a resource for WSU undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.
Please stop by our blog for recent events and news about the program. For additional information please contact:
Dr. Jeff Pruchnic, Director
Composition Studies Program