This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.
Associate Professors Campbell, LeMesurier, Worley (Chair)
Rhetoric is the study of language and symbol use in written, oral, and visual communication. With roots in ancient Greece and branches in the most recent media technologies, rhetoric is simultaneously one of the oldest and newest academic disciplines, critically engaging with language, culture, and a broad range of compositional practices. As a discipline, rhetoric demonstrates how discourse generates knowledge, mediates power, and enacts social change.
Courses in Writing and Rhetoric position students to become critical language users, preparing them to be effective communicators across cultures. The department offers courses that engage the multiple histories, theories, and methods of rhetoric, public address, and writing.
The Joseph '63 and Carol Trimmer Awards for Excellence in Expository Writing — established as prizes to be awarded by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.
The Trimmer Senior Scholar Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing and Rhetoric — established as a prize to be awarded by the Writing and Rhetoric department to a senior for being an exceptional scholar and citizen in the discipline of Writing and Rhetoric.
The courses listed below are offered by the WRIT program. Select courses from other departments/programs may also count toward the WRIT minor requirements. Use the minor link below to find other courses that count toward these requirements.
Majors and Minors
- WRIT 102 - Introduction to Rhetoric in the Liberal Arts Tradition
- WRIT 103 - Rhetoric and Writing
- WRIT 110 - Academic Persuasions: An Introduction to Rhetoric, Research, and the Academic Essay
- WRIT 203 - Argumentation
- WRIT 210 - The Rhetoric of Style
- WRIT 211 - Rhetoric & Citizenship
- WRIT 215 - Public Speaking
- WRIT 225 - Visual Rhetorics
- WRIT 231 - Ethos and the Personal Essay
- WRIT 232 - Digital Narrative Craft
- WRIT 241 - Politics of Public Memory
- WRIT 242 - Stand and Speak: Feminist Rhetorics and Social Change
- WRIT 248 - Discourses of Race and Racism
- WRIT 250 - Kairos: The Art of Rhetoric from Ancient to Modern Times
- WRIT 260 - Biblical Rhetoric
- WRIT 280 - Rhetorical "Borderlands": Introduction to Comparative Intercultural Rhetoric
- WRIT 291 - Independent Study
- WRIT 300 - Topics in Cultural Rhetorics
- WRIT 303 - The Rhetoric of Data Visualization
- WRIT 325 - The Narrative in New Media
- WRIT 342 - Rhetoric in Black and White: Communication and Culture in Conflict
- WRIT 345 - Crafting Bodies: Movement, Gender, and Performance
- WRIT 346 - Hip Hop: Race, Sex, and the Struggle in Urban America
- WRIT 348L - Required Film Screening
- WRIT 348 - Discourses of Whiteness
- WRIT 354 - Dialogue and Deliberation in Democratic Life
- WRIT 363 - Pirate Rhetoric
- WRIT 391 - Independent Study
- WRIT 400 - Topics in Advanced Writing
- WRIT 491 - Independent Study