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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2019-20

Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

Interim Director: James E. Dobson

Associate Professors J. A. Compton; Assistant Professor D. K. Drummond; Research Assistant Professor N. B. Van Kley; Adjunct Assistant Professor R. W. Obbard, Senior Lecturers J. P. Binkoski, A. E. Bumpus, J.E. Dobson, S. Grushina, A. M. Konrad, C. S. Lewis, D. J. Moody, A. S. Ogunfeyimi, J. F. Pfister, G. M. Seton, S. B. Smith; Lecturers F. N. A'Ness, P. Baum, S. B. Chaney, W. M. Craig, P. D. Deutsch, D. Harper, J. L. Kalish, M. D. Koch, A. Kremer, C. Lannon, P. Merton, C. P. Monroe, W. A. Piper, S. H. Reynolds, D. A. Rezvani, E. B. Rockmore, A. C. Taylor, E. C. Tremmel, T. M. Van Kley; Visiting Associate Professors N. J. Crumbine, J. B. Sargent; Postdoctoral Fellow K. M. Rose.

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric courses include the first-year writing courses (WRIT 2 - WRIT 3, WRIT 5, and the First-year Seminars), courses in Speech, and advanced courses in writing. The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric also includes peer-tutorial programs that support students in their writing, research, and new media activities.


To view Speech courses, click here

To view Writing courses, click here


First-year Writing Requirement

The first-year writing requirement for the undergraduate degree at Dartmouth consists of WRIT 5: Expository Writing, or its two-term equivalent WRIT 2 - WRIT 3 : Composition and Research I and II, followed by a First-year Seminar. These courses offer first-year students the opportunity to effectively transition into the kinds of reading, writing, and research expected of Dartmouth students, building from pre-college experience to develop new writing and research competence and rhetorical flexibility. Courses are small and heavily emphasize revision and faculty interaction.

Writing 5 introduces Dartmouth students to the writing process that characterizes intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse. Each section of Writing 5 organizes its writing assignments around challenging readings chosen by the instructor. The texts for the class also include student writing. The course focuses primarily on the writing process, emphasizing careful analysis, thoughtful questions, and strategies of effective argument.

Writing 2-3 is designed to help students who might benefit from a two-term writing course to achieve excellence in writing through serious intellectual engagement and intensive academic support. Class size for Writing 2-3 is capped at 15 and students meet weekly with the class teaching assistant to discuss their writing.

Another way of fulfilling the first-year writing requirement is to take Humanities 1-2 (HUM 1 - HUM 2). For details, see:

First-year Seminars offer every first-year student the opportunity to participate in a course structured around independent research, small group discussion, and intensive writing, taught by faculty from across the College. First-year Seminars emphasize the importance of written expression in all disciplines. In its emphasis on inquiry and writing, the program enables each first-year student to have an early experience of the kind of scholarship that fuels Dartmouth’s upper-level courses.

A First-year Seminar may serve in satisfaction of specific General Education requirements, provided that the individual seminar has been approved for this purpose, and for the specific year and term, by the Committee on Instruction. First-year Seminars are taken in the term immediately following completion of WRIT 5 or WRIT 2 - WRIT 3. Students are not eligible to participate in Off-Campus Programs until they have satisfied the First-year Seminar requirement.

These seminars are open only to first-year students. First-year students are permitted to enroll in a second seminar within the limit of sixteen students per course after all students who have not yet met the requirement have had a chance to elect a seminar.

Individual section descriptions for WRIT 5 and course descriptions for First-year Seminars are posted prior to registration for a given term. Links to these descriptions can be found on the registrar's website at the bottom of this page:



Speech courses are open to all students, across majors and class years, and do not have prerequisites. Speech courses offer students the opportunity to engage in advanced study and practice of communication/rhetoric, with special emphasis on spoken/oral communication, including dialogue, across contexts (e.g., health, law), issues, and epistemologies.