Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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Major and Minor Programs

The department offers a major in professional and digital writing and a minor in writing that prepare students for careers in technical writing, editing, social media, web design, and digital media production.

The professional and digital writing major also prepares students for graduate study and careers in higher education, law, and other fields.

A minor in writing provides students with course work and experiences composing for professional, digital, and academic audiences.

First-Year Writing

The department’s first-year writing program helps students to develop fundamental skills in producing and understanding written texts, to gain fluency in writing for a variety of audiences and situations, and to become critical readers and skilled writers of print, digital, and visual texts.


There are a variety of ways students might place into a course in Oakland University’s first-year writing program. The most up to date information is found at Department of Writing and Rhetoric.

Writing Foundations

Most students satisfy the university general education requirement in the writing foundations area by completing WRT 1060  with a grade of C or higher. Please consult the Writing Requirements section in the general education area of the catalog for alternate ways of fulfilling this requirement.

Departmental Honors

Professional and digital writing majors with a combined GPA of 3.6 in courses taken within the major may qualify for departmental honors.



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