This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.


Associate Professors Campbell, LeMesurier, Worley (Chair)
Assistant Professor Mills
Director of the Writing and Speaking Center Lutman
Senior Lecturers Spires, Spring
Lecturer Najarian
Instructor Popli

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