Rhetoric and Writing | College of Liberal Arts
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Prospective UT Students

All students interested in studying Rhetoric & Writing are encouraged to apply directly to the major on their initial UT Austin application.  For new student admission information, please visit the Office of Admissions website. 

Former UT Students

Whether you've been away from UT for a semester or for 50 years, we welcome your return to complete your degree. Please see the Returning Student Admissions page for readmission information.  Please note the application deadlines on the right side of that page. A number of our returning students have suggested that the paper application available on that site is less cumbersome than ApplyTexas.

Internal Transfer Students

Rhetoric & Writing is an "open" major, meaning that we welcome all current UT students to pursue it. The process for declaring the Rhetoric & Writing major will vary according to your current UT Austin College/School:

Current Liberal Arts students may change to (or add) an Rhetoric & Writing major after meeting with our advisor. At this meeting, we’ll address your questions, review Rhetoric & Writing requirements and opportunities, and update your academic record. If you aren’t yet prepared to “declare” Rhetoric & Writing but would like to discuss the major with an advisor, please also feel free to reach out. In either case, please use these Calendly links to set up your appointment:

Prospective Rhetoric & Writing Appointments (David)

Current UT students from other colleges (e.g., Natural Sciences, Education, etc.) must also apply for internal transfer to Rhetoric & Writing through the Office of Admissions. For information on that process and a link to the application portal, please visit the Internal Transfer for Current Students website.  Application deadlines are May 1 (to join the major the following fall) and December 1 (for spring admission). Once you have submitted your application, please make an appointment with an advisor using the Calendly links above.

We meet with current UT students who are interested in the Rhetoric & Writing major throughout the year, excepting the first few days of each semester, the registration advising period (release of the Course Schedule through the end of registration), and New Student Orientation days.

Graduate Students

If you are interested in graduate-level study in Rhetoric (Ph.D.) or Digital Literacies and Literatures, please visit our Graduate Studies page.