Writing and Rhetoric Requirement

The purpose of the Writing and Rhetoric Requirement is to promote effective communication by ensuring that every undergraduate can write clear and effective English prose. Words are the vehicles for thought, and clear thinking requires facility in writing and speech. The Stanford Writing and Rhetoric Requirements comprise three courses:

  • PWR 1 is taken during the first year
  • PWR 2 is taken during sophomore year
  • WIM (Writing in the Major) is taken once you have declared a major 

These courses are designed to engage you in producing complex and well-researched academic arguments and oral presentations.

Understanding the Writing and Rhetoric Requirements