About the Department of Writing Studies

Uniting professional communication and rhetorical studies, our dedicated faculty of scholars and working writers prepare and empower students to be dynamic thinkers and writers in the 21st century. Writing Studies is an essential foundation for a diversity of careers in professional, civic, technical, and scientific writing, and key preparation for graduate studies in writing. We hope you’ll take a moment to explore the variety of our courses, activities, and events as well as introduce yourself to the faculty and students who have found excellence in Writing Studies.

Students now have the opportunity to major in Public and Professional Writing.


Office Hours

If you need immediate assistance between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, email CHSSAdmin@montclair.edu for assistance.

If you have questions about the major or minor or need to talk to the Chair, email Jessica Restaino.

Questions about First-Year Writing should be directed to Caroline Dadas.

Looking to waive a general education course?

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Our Programs

We currently offer courses in our award winning First-Year Writing program and our Public and Professional Writing minor.  We launched a major in Public and Professional Writing in Fall 2019. These programs are attuned to improving students’ writing, critical thinking, and creativity across the entire university community and toward a diversity of careers. For example, in 2019, four students who wrote a grant proposal for Montclair Community Farms in WRIT 302: Grant Writing were awarded a $10,000 grant to benefit the local non-profit.

Programs of Study

“Words Matter”: A Docushort

Writing Studies major and department intern Toan Le’s short film asks Montclair State students across majors an essential question, “Why do you write?” Check out this interesting, funny, impactful piece that reminds us all of how important writing is in our lives, both in school and out.

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Our Faculty

The Writing Studies faculty are a diverse group of writers, educators, professionals, and artists who are committed to the teaching of writing and critical thinking to the students of Montclair State University. Whether in the First-Year Writing Program or in the Public and Professional Writing minor, Writing Studies faculty come with joint enthusiasm for the intellectual work of academic, public, and professional writing and to get to know their students who are pursuing a wide variety of majors. Learn more about our faculty’s recent achievements.

Meet Our FacultyAbout Our Faculty

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The Writing Studies faculty is working to provide diverse and engaging events throughout the year. Register for our upcoming Events and see what exciting programs have been presented.

Email CHSSAdmin@montclair.edu for assistance if Zoom details are required for attendance.


PPW Awards and Certificates

The Writing Studies department’s PPW Students Award opportunities.

PPW Awards and Certificates: Winners

Contact Us

Contact Department of Writing Studies
Schmitt Hall 222