Rhetoric and composition studies
At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the rhetoric and 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 and 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.