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The Power and Persuasion of Language

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies (RWS) was founded on the belief that rhetorical study and advanced literacy are essential components of high-quality education and professional success in our multicultural, knowledge-driven, globalized society, as well as a condition for full and meaningful participation in democratic public life.





Explore Our Programs

Across the department, we feature small classes and personalized instruction delivered by knowledgeable faculty dedicated to helping students become stronger writers, critical thinkers, communicators, 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.

Most San Diego State undergraduate students enroll in at least one writing course in RWS, and many take more. In addition to our General Education writing courses, we offer:


The Latest from Us

Dustin EdwardsRWS is happy to announce that Dustin Edwards recently co-published this collaborative article with other field-leading professors in the Journal of Technical Communication Quarterly.

Robert Dagnall:We will show you new ways to think about Star Wars and about conflicts of all kinds — from intergalactic to interpersonal.Congrats to our very own graduate student, Robert Dagnall who will represent RWS at Comic-Con 2023! He will inform public about how to use a rhetorical lens with Star Wars.


Jacob HubbardThe department wishes to recognize Jacob Hubbard's contribution to the timely discussion regarding the intersection of education and artificial intelligence. Hubbard's article was published online in Composition Studies.

Josh HallA round of applause for Joshua Hall's thoughtful review of UVA professor Mark Edmundson's "The Age of Guilt: The Super-Ego in the Online World," appearing on the Los Angeles Review of Books site.


Opportunities for Students

The promotes student success with writing across the university. The center tutors work with students from all disciplines to develop their writing and broaden their understanding of audience, genre, language, and context.

The program embeds successful undergraduate and graduate writers in Rhetoric and/or Linguistic courses to support students in becoming critical and reflective writers through an enriched collaborative learning experience.

The program offers opportunities for financial support and teaching experience to graduate students across the disciplines. TAs are hired to teach lower division general education writing classes.