Words have power. Learn how to harness it — to express yourself and make a positive impact on your community — with a major in Writing and Rhetoric.

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Writing and Rhetoric — General Concentration Major Guide

Professional Writing Concentration Guide

Journalism & Digital Media Concentration Guide

Creative Writing Concentration Guide

Develop your ability to persuade your audience as a campaign speechwriter, an advocate for policy changes, or a marketing copywriter. Learn digital techniques and skills that will prepare you for work in newsrooms and other media outlets.  Train your editor’s eye to notice mistakes and improve a piece of writing. Use your skills to make the world a better place, by writing copy for nonprofits or winning grants that let them expand their mission.

Austin is packed with opportunities for strong writers. Intern with an award-winning advertising agency, a policy research organization that’s analyzing bills during the Texas legislative session, or one of the many publications that cover news and profile the capital city’s incredible characters.

  • Technical writer at Amazon Publisher Services
  • Communication chief in the Dallas Mayor’s Office
  • Content strategist for IBM
  • Information specialist for the American Cancer Society
  • Graduate student at the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University
  • Assistant Editor at Better Homes & Garden
  • Editor for the Texas Legislative Council
  • Reporter at the Houston Chronicle

For more information about the Writing and Rhetoric major, please contact Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Mary Rist, chair of the Department of Literature, Writing and Rhetoric

From Writing and Rhetoric to Fulbright Winners

From Writing and Rhetoric to Fulbright Winners

Writing and Rhetoric majors Lilli Hime and Logan Stallings were winners of Fulbright awards, a highly selective scholarship and grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Read about how they are going full on — successfully.