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Parker House, HB 6201
Hanover, NH
Phone:  603.646.3690
Fax:  603.646.8190

The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

Basic Information

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric oversees writing instruction at Dartmouth, and administers Writing 2, 3 and 5, as well as the first-year seminars.
  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric also offers upper-level courses in writing and rhetoric, including public speaking and speechwriting.
  • Dartmouth's first-year writing courses prepare students to engage fully with their intellectual work in every discipline. In order to provide a solid foundation for that work, Dartmouth requires first-year students to take Writing 5 (or its two-term equivalent Writing 2-3) and a first-year seminar.  Humanities 1-2 may be taken as another way of fulfilling the first-year writing requirement.
  • Students who complete the Writing 2-3 placement process and choose to take Writing 2-3 will be preregistered for Writing 2 when they arrive on campus in the fall. Students who take the Writing 2-3 sequence take their first-year seminar in the spring term.
  • Students taking Writing 5 are assigned to take the course in either the fall or the winter; this assignment cannot be changed. Information about when a student is scheduled to take Writing 5 appears in the online student placement record visible to students and their advisors just prior to fall course registration. Students taking Writing 5 in the fall will register for Writing 5 when they register for their other fall courses.  See our website for further information about placement and registration:

Courses for the Interested First-Year Student

  • Writing Courses
    • WRIT 2-3 (fall-winter sequence, based on placement)
    • WRIT 5 (fall or winter, based on placement)
    • First-year seminar (department courses numbered 7; winter or spring. WRIT 5 or 2-3 is prerequisite)
    • HUM 1-2
    • WRIT 41: Writing and Speaking Public Policy (spring, PBPL 5 is prerequisite)
    • WRIT 42: The Art of Science Writing (spring, WRIT 5 or 2-3 is prerequisite)
    • WRIT 43 The Written Judicial Opinion (spring, WRIT 5 or 2-3 is prerequisite)
  • Speech Courses
    • SPEE 20: Public Speaking (fall, winter, spring)
    • SPEE 25: Persuasive Public Speaking (spring)
    • SPEE 31: Rhetoric of Social Justice (fall)
    • SPEE 35: Rhetorics of Race (winter)

Other Information

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric offers student support services through RWIT (The Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology).

Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives


Institute for Writing and Rhetoric home page

Last Updated: 9/6/13