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Welcome to Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC) is a relevant, community-focused undergraduate degree. Students learn rhetorical and practical skills that fit today’s workplace and help them make a difference in the world.

Our program also offers the Certificate in Technical Communication.

Students in ENGL 324 (“Field Writing”) visit Yellowstone National Park.

What Can I Do with a Degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication?

Students in WRTC are trained to become “writing specialists.” They are prepared to write and communicate in a variety of situations and in a range of genres. Some people go on to be writers or editors. Others go into web development, product design, usability research, or online community management. Some graduates enter fields such as social media or web content strategy, fundraising or nonprofit management, grant writing, e-learning and instructional design, or even graphic design or event coordinating. Others may focus on international relations, communications, marketing, or public relations. Some of our majors go on to study rhetoric and composition, professional communication, or technical communication in graduate school.

Why Explore Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at Boise State?

Professor Markley's ENGL 408 class learns about helping and writing for nonprofit organizations across Idaho.

Students in ENGL 408 (“Writing for Nonprofits and Social Media”) learn about helping and writing for nonprofit organizations across Idaho.

Our graduates develop essential skills in writing, analysis, and technology so they can help audiences connect, inform, and achieve. Our emphasis offers students a chance to become excellent communicators. Students choose a customized path of courses in areas such as:

  • Writing (including creative nonfiction and technical writing)
  • Rhetoric (including argument, persuasion, analysis, rhetorical theory, and rhetoric and pop culture)
  • Technical communication (including grant and proposal writing, usability, and social media)
  • Editing (including grammar, style, and editing for clear communication)
  • Advocacy, community, and leadership (including writing for advocacy and change, participating in service-learning and community-based projects, and writing for nonprofits)

Learn valuable skills, make a difference, and get to work.

Our courses prepare you to:

Students work in the English Department's Collaborative Writing Space.

Students work in the English Department’s Collaborative Writing Space.

  • Write persuasively and effectively within a wide range and genres and for a variety of purposes and audiences;
  • Create clear, concise, usable documents that help audiences accomplish specific tasks, solve problems, and understand information;
  • Use technology to create, design, manage, and deliver content;
  • Apply rhetorical concepts of audience, context, and purpose to make effective and ethical choices about style, organization, content, and design;
  • Communicate effectively through a variety of media; and
  • Critically read and edit your own and others’ documents.

Take classes that suit your schedule.

Our classes fit your schedule. We offer a wide range of courses during the days and evenings. We also offer courses in online, face-to-face, and hybrid delivery methods. Students are able to efficiently move through our program, learn both the practical and rhetorical skills valued by employers, and get to work.

Learn from dedicated, enthusiastic, and experienced faculty.

Faculty and students participate in a resume workshop.

Students participate in a resume workshop to learn how to present their workplace skills on paper and in person.

We also have a fantastic group of faculty who are dedicated to sharing their real-world experiences. Our faculty connect students to the Boise community and beyond through service learning, internships, and job opportunities. Our majors enjoy working with one of the largest rhetoric, composition, and technical communication faculties in the Northwest, many of whom are leaders in their fields. See who we are by clicking here.

How Can I Learn More?

We are happy to help you with admissions questions, information about financial aid, or any other questions you may have. Contact Dr. Whitney Douglas, Director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, at