Writing

The Writing Program

WRIT 100. Reading and Writing Workshop. 3 credits.

An introduction to writing process and structure in a workshop setting. This is an elective course for students who want to select an introductory-level college writing course before taking GWRIT 103.

GWRIT 103. Critical Reading and Writing. 3 credits.

The course emphasizes the process of constructing a focused, logical, coherent, well-supported thesis, or point of view.  The students will employ research and formal documentation to produce writing stylistically appropriate to its audience, purpose, and occasion.  The course also places emphasis on editing for clarity and control of conventions.  Instruction in writing and research includes critical analysis of primary and secondary sources through a series of reading and writing assignments.  Students are prepared to use reading and writing in their personal, academic, and civic lives. GWRIT 103, or its equivalent, fulfills the General Education Cluster One writing requirement and is a prerequisite for all WRIT courses numbered 200 or above.

WRIT 210. Critical Reading and Argumentation. 3 credits.

An introduction to the development and analysis of argumentative strategies across a range of academic, professional, and popular writing contexts. Emphasis will be given to the cultural, historical, disciplinary, and professional bases for written argumentation. Prerequisite: GWRIT 102, GWRIT 103 or equivalent .

WRIT 220. Rhetorical Traditions. 3 credits.

An introduction to historical rhetoric and its relationship to reading, writing, and speaking in modern contexts. Emphasis will be placed on defining rhetoric—its traditions, terms, and enduring realms of influence. Prerequisite: GWRIT 102, GWRIT 103 or equivalent.

WRIT 310. Studies in Literacy. 3 credits.

An advanced research and writing course designed to explore the important role that literacy plays in society. Students will examine the concept of literacy through historical, political, sociological, educational, and cross-cultural lenses. Prerequisite: GWRIT 102, GWRIT 103 or equivalent.

WRIT 320. Writing in the Public Sphere. 3 credits.

An advanced study of the production and consumption of texts in both civic and professional spheres. Students will analyze and employ the conventions that govern writing by individual citizens; writing by volunteer and non-profit organizations; and writing by both small and large business organizations. Prerequisite: GWRIT 102, GWRIT 103 or equivalent.

WRIT 330. Technology and Writing. 3 credits.

An advanced research and writing course that explores the interrelationships of technology, literacy, and society. Students will examine the influences of past, present, and future technological innovations on our practices as readers and writers. Students may have the opportunity to compose in hypertext and multi-media environments. Prerequisites: GWRIT 102, GWRIT 103 or equivalent.

WRIT 340. Teaching Writing. 3 credits.

The course introduces students to the major philosophies, theories, and pedagogies of teaching writing. Special attention is devoted to such practical matters as understanding and developing effective writing assignments, methods of responding to student texts-in-progress and evaluating writing. Prerequisite: GWRIT 102, GWRIT 103 or equivalent.

WRIT 399. Independent Study in Rhetoric and Writing. 3 credits.

An opportunity for independent study in rhetoric and composition. In consultation with the supervising instructor, students will choose a customized course of study from a variety of topics in rhetoric and composition. Prerequisites: WRIT 210 and WRIT 220. Enrollment is contingent upon Faculty and Departmental approval.

WRIT 400. Special Topics Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing.  3 credits.

A focused, in-depth study of specific areas or subjects in rhetoric and composition. Topics may pertain to issues relevant to the discipline, to the study of particular rhetorical theories and practices, or to the study of significant figures in the field. Seminars may be repeated for credit when course content changes. Prerequisites: WRIT 210 and WRIT 220.

WRIT 410. Studies in Cultural Rhetorics. 3 credits.

The course will investigate the ways in which definitions of our identity (including class, gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, nature, and religion, among others) acquire cultural significance through written and symbolic expression. Students will examine a variety of different “texts” from a range of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisites: WRIT 210 and WRIT 220.



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