James Madison University

The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication graduates well-equipped students who actively participate and lead in professional fields and civil society. Individuals majoring in WRTC will be joining faculty and students in one of the only schools dedicated to the art and science of communication in a variety of modes and genres.

The goals of WRTC are to help students

  • Develop into accomplished writers and editors
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of communication based upon the principles of rhetoric
  • Develop proficiency in critical thinking, technological and analytical skills
  • Create an area of expertise applicable to work as professional communicators

WRTC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in two concentrations--Technical and Scientific Communication and Writing and Rhetoric--as well as minors in the two concentrations. Through a balance of theory and application, faculty teach students how to analyze and produce texts, all with the goal of training effective communicators. Students can combine these skills with cognate courses from other majors (e.g., SMAD, SCOM, psychology, and physics) offered at James Madison University.

After completing the WRTC degree, graduates will

  • Design, create and publish print and electronic publications in academic and professional fields, such as medicine, science, law and government
  • Utilize project management skills in directing the publication cycle of small- and large-scale texts, such as articles, manuals and websites
  • Perform research guided by best practices and ethical principles, such as designing surveys and conducting usability tests
  • Apply sound rhetorical principles of communication in academic, professional and publics environments


  • 800 South Main Street
  • Harrisonburg
  • VA
  • USA
  • 22807