Dr. Shelley Aley, Director
Phone: (540) 568-2334
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/writing
E. Gumnior, S. Aley
H. Comfort, S. Ghiaciuc, K. Kessler, M. Moghtader, S. O’Conner,
T. Pipkins, K. Schick, M. Smith, M. Thomas, K. Wright, P. Zemliansky,
K. Jefferson, M. Klein, K. McDonnell, C. Martin, M. Turner
The Writing Program seeks to prepare students for academic and professional
success, as well as to lead lives of articulate and thoughtful citizenship.
The study of Writing and Rhetoric includes first year composition and
covers a wide range of topics: literacy studies, rhetorical traditions,
writing pedagogy, cultural rhetorics, and computer-assisted composition,
among others. Students wishing to pursue advanced training may elect
the Minor in Writing and Rhetoric as a valuable complement to a host
of different academic majors and professional fields.
In support of campus-wide writing, the Writing Program sponsors e-Vision,
an electronic publication of student essays written in the first year
composition classes and Write On!, a campus-wide academic writing contest
for both undergraduate and graduate students. Writing Program faculty
serve as mentors for First Year Involvement (FYI), a peer tutoring program.
Writing Program faculty also serve as consultants to other JMU departments
and programs desiring to enrich their curricula through writing. In
addition to the first year composition course required by General Education,
and to promote excellence in writing at the University, the Writing
Program shaped and cultivated the Writing in the Disciplines initiative
in the College of Arts and Letters. Every student in Arts and Letters
must take an approved, upper-division, writing-intensive course in his
or her discipline.
General Education and Interdisciplinary Liberal
The Writing Program is proud to participate in General Education by
offering a focused course in freshman composition, GWRIT
103, Critical Reading and Writing, including sections for Honors students.
GWRIT 103 introduces students to academic writing and
research, and prepares students for a writing intensive experience in
the discipline. As a course in the discipline of writing and rhetoric,
GWRIT 103 introduces students to written
argumentation such as they would practice in their personal, academic
and civic lives and encourages them to analyze and reflect upon civic
responsibility as it relates to written communication.
Students who have previously taken GWRIT 102
may substitute that course as an equivalent for GWRIT
103. WRIT 100 is available for ESL (English as a second language) students
and others who may wish to enhance their writing preparation prior to
taking GWRIT 103. Students who have received
credit for GWRIT 101 are not eligible to receive
credit for WRIT 100. Students who have received credit for GWRIT
102 are not eligible to receive credit for WRIT 100 or GWRIT
Writing faculty are active participants in creating and sustaining the
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) major for teacher education
students, K-8. This includes advising students, developing and staffing
IDLS 400, Capstone Seminar, and making Writing minor courses available
as electives to IDLS majors in the Humanities/Social Sciences concentration
GWRIT Placement and Exemption
For information about how students may receive credit or exemptions for GWRIT 103, please refer to Cluster One.
Writing and Rhetoric Minor
The Minor in Writing and Rhetoric is designed for students who wish
to extend, enrich and formalize their training as writers.
The minimum requirement for the minor is 18 credit hours. The Writing
Program offers the following courses:
Required core courses
WRIT 210. Critical Reading and Argumentation
WRIT 220. Rhetorical Traditions
Electives from among the following
WRIT/ENG 290. Intermediate Composition
WRIT 310. Studies in Literacy
WRIT 320. Writing in the Public Sphere
WRIT 330. Technology and Writing
WRIT 340. Teaching Writing
WRIT/ENG 396. Advanced Composition
WRIT 399. Independent Study in Rhetoric and Writing
WRIT 400. Special Topics Seminar in Rhetoric and Writing
WRIT 410. Studies in Cultural Rhetorics
WRIT 430. Style and Stylistics
Experimental WRIT courses may be counted as electives, as well as writing courses offered by other departments (with the approval of the Writing Minor adviser or Program Director).