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Ohio State’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy (formerly Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy) Program has a proud history as a national leader in scholarship and teaching how discourse shapes our cultural beliefs and everyday lives. Our goal in offering students the opportunity to study the histories, theories, and practices of writing, rhetoric, and literacy is to encourage critical and ethical engagement with discourse in a variety of media and contexts (e.g., academic, personal, professional, political, and public).

Our department has expertise in a range of vibrant research and teaching areas—including:

  • digital media studies,
  • cultural studies,
  • disability studies,
  • education theory,
  • folklore,
  • linguistics,
  • medical humanities, and
  • science and technology studies.

Through interdisciplinary approaches to language and representation, WRL students gain wide-ranging insights into the nature of communicative practices and their power to shape our attitudes, actions, and identities.