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All students may schedule a consultation at the Center for Academic and Professional Communication (Fondren Library) to review a written, oral, or visual communication assignment. Our consultants can assist you.

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First Year

In the First-year Writing Seminars, Rice students start developing the skills they need to communicate effectively throughout their time at the university. In addition, students can attend workshops through the Center for Academic and Professional Communication or make an appointment for one-on-one consultations to review an assignment.

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Check out our workshops on topics like procrastination, oral presentations, and slide design, as well as our COMM 300 and COMM 415 course!  We also maintain a list of online resources to assist undergraduate students in completing essays, presentations, and posters, and students can book one-on-one consultations to discuss an assignment.

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Graduate Students

The PWC provides graduate students with workshops tailored to their academic goals and a curated list of online communication resources. Graduate students can also schedule one-on-one consultations in the Center for Academic and Professional Communication to help them succeed in written, oral, and visual assignments.

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International Students

We provide resources to assist students whose first language is not English with communication assignments and courses. Students can make appointments for one-on-one consultations in the Center for Academic and Professional Communication or attend communication workshops and credit-bearing courses.

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We partner with instructors and departments to create communication instruction for their students, from classroom presentations to individual and group coaching. We also assist faculty in creating rigorous communication assignments and assessment tools tailored to their discipline.

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Program Description

The Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) seeks to help Rice students gain the skills they need to communicate effectively in an academic setting and the professional world.  We also support faculty as they teach their students to communicate more effectively and hone their own communication skills.

The PWC is both an academic unit and a support unit.  We offer credit-bearing courses for undergraduates (FWIS and COMM) and for graduate students (UNIV 600-602) and are home to seven full-time instructors and two post-doctoral teaching fellows.  We also support students and faculty across the campus through the Center for Academic & Professional Communication (CAPC) and our efforts in Communication in the Disciplines (CID).

Center for Academic & Professional Communication

The CAPC is the home for student and faculty communication support at Rice.

First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar

FWIS courses will give you the communication foundation you need for success at Rice and beyond.

English as a Second Language

The PWC provides a host of services for Rice students whose first language isn't English.

Communication in the Disciplines

The PWC helps students learn to communicate in ways appropriate for their majors and intended careers.

PWC Anti-Racism Statement

The Rice University Program in Writing & Communication (including the Center for Academic & Professional Communication and the FWIS program) condemns racism in all of its overt and covert forms, including both the current and historical acts of racism, discrimination, and violence perpetrated in this country against the Black community and other peoples of color. 

Our program expresses solidarity with President Leebron and Provost DesRoches, as well as our Faculty Advisory Board member Dr. Tony Brown, in the fight against the systemic racism that has maintained and prolonged bigotry and hatred in our country, including in academia.  We commit to continuing to educate ourselves about the diverse needs of our diverse community.  We pledge to create welcoming and safe spaces for our programming.  We aspire to help Rice community members use their voices to stand against racism and injustice -- and to use our voices to that end also.  Finally, we invite feedback so that we can continue to support all members of the Rice community in ethical and caring ways.