Welcome

Welcome from Interim Chairperson Dànielle Nicole DeVoss

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The department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures is the heart of and home for writing at Michigan State University. 

WRAC is one of MSU’s most dynamic and thought-forward environments. Across our initiatives and the courses we offer, we emphasize curiosity, insight, and the robust exchange of ideas along with attention to the importance of writing and communication—drawing across techniques and media, being attentive to audience and purpose, and sharing one’s ideas with the world. 

Our researchers—students and faculty—are national leaders in digital writing, cultural rhetorics, composition studies, and professional writing and technical communication. Our teachers are committed, creative, and above average. Every single one of them.

Every year in our first-year writing courses, we work with new students to engage them in reflecting on learning and literacy, and in transitioning to college writing. P2W and XA majors develop websites and social media campaigns, wireframes and project plans, proposals and grants, write (a lot!), and intern at businesses and nonprofit organizations. Graduate students prepare to enter professional and/or academic fields through seminars, workshops, teaching, and consulting. Our award-winning faculty write and edit books, make films and soundscapes, work on grant-funded projects, and teach and mentor students at all levels. We value community-focused work and engage with partners within and outside the university. 

Dànielle 

July 12, 2021

A Bit About WRAC

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University provides the first-year writing experience for most MSU students. We also have a successful major in Professional and Public Writing (P2W) and share the Experience Architecture (XA) major with Art, Art History and Design. We have three strong graduate programs in Rhetoric and Writing,  both MA and PhD degrees. We touch the lives of around 7,000 students every year.

Founded in 1944, WRAC began as the Department of Written and Spoken English. Such a department was fairly unique at that time, and our faculty were active writing and speech researchers and important to how writing instruction developed in higher education in the post-war period.

Today, we continue to lead and are committed to preparing excellent communicators in the culturally, technologically, and economically dynamic environments of the early 21st Century.

Our researchers are national leaders in digital writing, cultural rhetoric, literacy studies, composition, and professional writing. Our faculty lead research groups such as the Writing, Information and Digital Experience (WIDE) Research Center and the CUBE (our publishing lab). Our teachers are committed, creative, and above average. Every single one of them.