WRIT - Writing


Course Descriptions

WRIT 1000 Basic Writing Workshop (1-3)

Provides extra support and practice with basic college-level writing skills: assignment comprehension, critical reading, invention, thesis development, organization, style, usage, and mechanics. Meets as a workshop in which students' writing will be the focus of the class. Can only be taken along with WRIT 1010 Composition when offered as a 1-credit class. Does not count toward ENGL major.

WRIT 1010 Composition (3)

Provides a variety of experiences in both formal and informal writing styles. Emphasizes increased skill regarding mechanics, cogency, or liveliness. Students who might need extra support to succeed in this course should take WRIT 1000 at the same time. Does not count toward ENGL major.

WRIT 2000 Advanced Composition (3)

Offers further practice in writing academic essays for those who want or need more improvement in composition after WRIT 1010, with a particular emphasis on how to incorporate research into student writing. Prerequisite: WRIT 1010 or the equivalent. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward ENGL major.

WRIT 2072 Writing for Change (3)

Students will learn the research and writing skills necessary to work for change as consumers, citizens, and activists. The course will emphasize how to rhetorically analyze a writing situation and then plan and craft an effective message; specific writing assignments could include complaint letters, letters to the editor and to elected officials, position papers on controversial issues, and proposals addressing community problems. Students will engage in frequent peer workshops to discuss drafts of each other's writing.

WRIT 2090 Writing in the Workplace (3)

Students will improve overall communication skills while learning the basic forms and conventions of workplace writing. Assignments will include memos and letters responding to a variety of rhetorical situations (e.g., informative, persuasive, negative), job application letters and résumés, a short report, and an oral presentation. The course will emphasize the planning and drafting process and include peer response workshops.

WRIT 2400 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)

Provides an introduction to a variety of types of professional writing while also reinforcing writing and research skills necessary for professional writers. Areas covered could include creative nonfiction writing, feature writing, editing, proposal writing, writing for the Web, and technical writing. Students will practice the forms of writing as well as investigate what is necessary to pursue a career in selected areas.

WRIT 3000 Professional Writing Practicum (1-3)

Provides an internship experience in the areas of business writing, technical writing, and publication. Students develop their internship with the assistance of Career Services. May be repeated if the nature of the experience differs.

WRIT 3100 Report and Proposal Writing (3)

Students will learn how to research, plan, and write reports and proposals, including grant proposals, for a range of organizations, audiences, and purposes. The course will emphasize peer response workshops and revision.

WRIT 3200 Technical Writing (3)

Students will learn principles and strategies for communicating technical information, including audience analysis; techniques for gathering, interpreting, and presenting information; and appropriate styles and formats. Assignments may include designing instruction manuals and Web pages, writing technical reports, designing page layouts, integrating graphics, and creating effective oral presentations. The course will include some lengthy and involved writing projects and may involve a project for an outside "client." Prerequisite: junior standing or above or permission of instructor.

WRIT 4000 Topics in Professional Writing (3)

Covers specialized topics in professional writing such as Editing and Publishing, Writing for Nonprofit Organizations, and Writing on Nature and Environment. Prerequisite: junior standing or above or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

WRIT 4400 Advanced Workshop in Professional Writing (3)

Designed for students in their senior year of study, this course will challenge students to integrate and apply the array of skills and knowledge they have acquired through previous communication and writing-related coursework and experiences. Simultaneously, it will professionalize students by allowing them each to explore a chosen branch of professional writing in significant depth. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor.

WRIT 4600 Professional Writing Portfolio Review (0)

A portfolio of student work in professional writing to be turned in during the final semester of study. Required of all students seeking a Certificate in Professional Writing.

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