University of Minnesota
literacy & rhetorical studies
center for writing

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Graduate minor in Literacy & Rhetorical Studies

waterfallThe interdisciplinary graduate minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies (LRS) offers graduate students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses opportunities to investigate questions related to writing and literacy, and to do so with faculty members drawn from disciplines across the University (download our current flyer here).

The greatest strength of the Literacy and Rhetorical Studies minor is its vibrant community of faculty and graduate students from across the disciplines.

If you are interested in joining the LRS community as a student or faculty member, please contact the LRS Director, Dr. Richard Graff (see contact info on the right side of this page). If you are a student on the Duluth campus, please contact UMD LRS faculty member Dr. David Beard (Department of Writing Studies, UM-Duluth) directly at or 218-726-8442. For administrative questions about LRS minor, please contact Terri Wallace, DGS Assistant, at or 612-626-7583.

Students enrolled in this minor craft individualized programs that will complement their degree programs and open new perspectives for scholarship and teaching. LRS students' specific literacy-related interests have included (but are not limited to) historical, feminist, and cultural analysis of literacy and rhetoric; theories and practices of writing pedagogy; reading and writing in non-academic settings; and effects of technology on literacy practice.


Richard Graff
Director, Literacy & Rhetorical Studies
221 Nolte Center
315 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455