Why Major in WRD?

  • Professor
  • Chair
  • Writing Rhetoric and Digital Studies

Our age is an age of writing. Social media. Podcasts. Websites. Video. News. Stories. Analysis. Critique. Reports. Advertisements. Technical documentation. Writing is everywhere we look. 

WRD prepares you for a career in writing. Every industry includes writing. Every industry supports the writing of internal and external documents (memos, reports, technical documents, research studies, social media usage, website development). Every industry sponsors trade writing (magazines, journals, newsletters, other publications). 

WRD prepares you for a career as a writer. Scientists write. Engineers write. Those who work in the horse industry write. Brewers write. Chemists write. Nurses write. If you are a professional, you write. 

Imagine yourself a lawyer drawing on argumentative, research, and storytelling skills you learned in WRD.

Imagine yourself working for a company such as IDEO, drawing on rhetorical, storytelling and research skills you learned in WRD.

Imagine yourself working for a podcasting company such as Midroll, drawing on WRD skills such as audience development, content writing, and persuasion in the creation and sales of podcasts. 

Imagine yourself working for a pharmaceutical company, drawing on social media skills in WRD as you design social media campaigns.

Imagine yourself a content manager for ESPN.com, drawing on organizational skills you learned in WRD in order to design site sections or write essay length stories.

Imagine yourself working for an NGO or other non-profit, drawing on argumentative, research, and social media skills you learned in WRD in order to lobby government officials or design social policy. 

In WRD, you will learn

  • rhetorical skills
  • argumentative/persuasive skills
  • organizational skills
  • media skills
  • web skills 
  • research skills
  • storytelling skills 
  • informational skills 

Writing careers accompany every industry. Being an expert in writing and rhetoric will open many doors for you when you graduate from UK.

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