As an interdisciplinary program that includes courses from the Departments of English, Communication, Philosophy and Cultural Studies, the Writing and Rhetoric Program offers students a unique opportunity to gain experience in a range of writing environments. Students can shape their understanding of rhetorical frameworks and learn how to apply that knowledge to their post-graduate journey toward professional, creative, and everyday writing and communication.

The program’s focus on analyzing diverse literary texts encourages an imaginative discourse that helps our students understand and value the well-known correlation between reading well and writing well. With a focus on oral presentation and persuasion, the program helps students develop rhetorically complex understandings of audiences and then master the skills necessary to adapt their own words for their intended audiences. By developing strong communication skills, students will graduate confident that their abilities will lead them on a path to success in life after college.


Our students gain real-world writing experience in a variety of internships, tailored to their career goals. We have students completing internships in legal writing, sports writing, bio-medical writing, journalism and more.

Events and Programming

Students have the opportunity to meet renowned authors, journalists and publishers who come to campus and hear from professional editors and publishers during our workshops and panels. View our upcoming events.

Study Abroad

The Summer Rhetoric and Performance in Greece program is five-week, six-credit opportunity for students to gain important insights into the role of rhetoric and performance in ancient and contemporary contexts through hands-on learning experiences throughout Greece. "Rhetoric and Myth"—one of the two courses students take during this program—counts toward the Writing and Rhetoric minor or concentration.

The Villanova Summer Literature and Politics in Prague, Czech Republic is a six-week, six-credit program offering students the opportunity to study politics, culture and society in one of the most beautiful and dynamic settings in the world. "Politics and Literature"—one of the two courses students take during this program—counts toward the Writing and Rhetoric minor or concentration.

Students can spend a semester or the summer studying in Ireland's “Cultural Heart" at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. The Villanova Semester: Irish Studies in Galway and the Villanova Summer Irish Studies in Galway, Ireland both offer courses that count toward the Writing and Rhetoric minor or concentration.


College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the Writing and Rhetoric program, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

Dr. Ellen Bonds
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