Rhetoric and Writing Studies (RWS) is the largest academic department at San Diego State University, as well as the only such department in San Diego and the 23-campus California State University system! Most San Diego State undergraduate students enroll in at least one writing course in RWS, and many take more. In additional to our developmental writing and math courses, our lower-division General Education sequence, our business writing course, our upper-division offerings, and our certificate programs, we offer a rapidly growing undergraduate major and minor, as well as a Master’s Program that provides advanced training in professional writing, research in rhetoric and writing, and the teaching of writing. Across the department, we feature small classes with knowledgeable faculty dedicated to helping students become stronger writers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and producers and interpreters of a wide variety of texts. We help facilitate the school-to-job transition for our majors and minors through a personalized internship program that places students in an array of organizational settings.
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The Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies is honored to have received one of six Provost’s Innovation for Excellence Awards for 2015-2016.
The award goes to departments and schools that have, through collaborative effort, implemented a new initiative that has generated momentum toward achieving one or more of the key goals outlined in San Diego State's Strategic Plan, Building on Excellence.
We earned the award for developing learning communities to support the success of Compact Scholars in required General Education American Institutions and Communication and Critical Thinking courses, in collaboration with the Department of Political Science.
Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies | San Diego State University | 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4452
Office Location: Storm Hall West 141 | Phone: (619) 594-6515 | Fax: (619) 594-6530