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Writing (WRT)

Chairperson: Professor Reynolds

100 Introduction to College Writing (2)

Practice in topic development, research techniques, documentation and attribution, and process-based writing. Focuses on thesis statements, topic sentences, paragraphing, coherence, and syntax. (Lec. 2) Pre: admission to Talent Development’s pre-matriculation program.

104 Writing to Inform and Explain (3)

Writing emphasizing the sharing of information. Varieties and strategies of expository writing for differing audiences and situations. Genres may include reports, proposals, letters, reviews, Web sites, academic essays. (Lec. 3) Not open to students with credit in 105 or 106. (ECw)

105 Forms of College Writing (3) )

Practice in writing papers frequently assigned in introductory and general education courses across the curriculum. May include summaries, syntheses, annotations, reaction papers, text analysis, documented thesis-support papers. Emphasizes disciplinary conventions. (Lec. 3) Not open to students with credit in 104 or 106. (ECw).

106 Introduction to Research Writing (3)

Introduction to working with sources and the research process. Guided help in conducting interviews, observations, and database searches. All assignments contribute to a major research report. Not open to students with credit in 104 or 105. (Lec. 3) (ECw)

201 Writing Argumentative and Persuasive Texts /(3)

Concepts, methods, and ethics of argumentative and persuasive writing. Writing argumentatively to examine complex issues, define values, resist coercion, and seek common ground among diverse publics. (Lec. 3) (ECw)

227 Business Communications (3)

Basic business communications forms, group reports and presentations, effective use of electronic mail systems, and design of graphic aids for successful visual communication. (Lec. 3/Online) Open to business majors with sophomore or higher standing. Open to a limited number of writing majors with sophomore or higher standing. (ECw)

235 Writing in Electronic Environments (4)

Examine, investigate, and practice digital writing. May include Web design, blogs, wikis, social networking technologies, presentation software, and construction of a digital portfolio. Requires out-of-class technology practice. (Seminar 3, Practicum 2/Online) (ECw)

240 The Essay (3)

Contemporary and historical backgrounds. Explores rhetorical strategies, role of essayist literacy in identity and social formation, nonfiction reading and response techniques. Attention to language and style. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

270 Writing Our Selves: Writing in the Expressivist Tradition (3)

Focuses on the expressivist tradition of writing, including memoirs, medical narratives, nature meditations, and informal essays. (Seminar)

302 Writing Culture (3)

Experience with noncanonical writings that sustain or reshape culture. May include profiles and biographies, reviews, food and fashion writing, liner and exhibition notes. (Lec. 3/Online) (ECw)

303 Public Writing (4)

Writing in the public sphere, emphasizing civic literacy, democratic discourse, and writing for change. May include letters, public documents, activist publications, and legislative texts. Requires sustained fieldwork. (Seminar /3, Practicum 2/Online) (ECw)

304 Writing for Community Service (4)

Study and practice of writing in community service organizations. Requires community service outside class, research, writing, and design. May include grant proposals, brochures, websites, or reports. Requires sustained fieldwork. (Seminar 3, Practicum 2) (ECw) [D]

305 Travel Writing (4)

Writing about places both new and familiar. Emphasizes descriptive techniques, the use of facts, and different cultural perspectives. May include travel essays, place journals, guidebooks, query letters. Requires sustained fieldwork. (Seminar. 3/Online, Practicum 2) (ECw) [D]

306 Writing Health and Disability (3)

Explores the ways we experience, label, and politicize health and disability in our culture. Writing may include narratives, cultural critiques, persuasive essays, and policy proposals. (Lec. 3/Online)

333 Scientific and Technical Writing (3)

Practice in specific forms of writing in the scientific and technical fields. (Lec. 3) Competence in basic skills required. (ECw)

353 Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy /(4)

Practice and theory of one-to-one instruction emphasizing varied situations and multiple learning styles. Covers approaches to collaboration, learning, writing, and responding. Requires sustained fieldwork. (Seminar 3, Practicum 2) Pre: permission of instructor or B or better in two WRT courses.

360 Composing Processes and the Canons of Rhetoric (3)

Examines historical and contemporary theories of composing and rhetorical canons: writing processes, style and arrangement, and relationships among writing, learning social contexts, technology, and publication. Field research on professional writers. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 and another WRT course at the 200-level or above.

383 Field Experience in Writing Consultancy

Supervised field experience, tutoring in the Writing Center or in the undergraduate peer consultants program. Pre: 353 and permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

385 Field Experience with Writing Rhode Island (1-4)

Supervised field experience in the Writing Rhode Island Production Lab. Entails substantial field-based and/or qualitative research, collaborative drafting, document design, and client interaction. Requires final project and reflection. (Practicum) Pre: writing and rhetoric major with a minimum of 12 credits in WRT courses and permission of supervisor.

391, 392 Independent Study in Writing and Rhetoric (1-3)

Intensive study and practice of an approved topic in writing and rhetoric under the supervision of a faculty member. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of director.

415 Perspectives on Reporting

See Journalism 415.

435 (or EDC 435) The Teaching of Composition /(3)

Philosophy, materials, and methods underlying the teaching of writing with emphasis on current approaches including the application of linguistics. Offers practice in writing workshop techniques, marking, constructing assignment sequences, and individualized instruction. (Seminar) Pre: junior standing or permission of instructor.

484 Internship in Writing and Rhetoric (1-3)

Practice and direct supervision in workplace writing. Placement options include community-based, governmental, technological, health services, military, educational, and nonprofit organizations. (Practicum). Pre: 60 credits with a minimum of 12 in WRT, 2.50 GPA, and permission of faculty advisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. S/U only. /

490 Writing and Rhetoric (3)

Study emphasizing audience, composing processes, and rhetorical theories, including issues relevant to writing professionally. (Lec. 3) Pre: 360.

495 Composing Electronic Portfolios (3)

Capstone for WRT majors. Readings in electronic writing technologies and portfolios. Preparation of a substantive collection of representative writings. Culminates in an electronic portfolio and a public writing showcase. (Lec. 3) Pre: 360 and an additional 300-level writing course. Not for graduate credit.

512 Studies in Rhetorical Theory (3)

Emphasis on written discourse and the relationships among language, epistemology, and subjectivity. Readings will range from classical to contemporary and will reflect the expanding canon of rhetorical theory. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

524 Histories and Theories of Writing Instruction /(3)

Traces the origins and influences on current writing instruction, beginning with composition treatises of the 19th century and concluding with an analysis of contemporary practices. May include archival research. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

533 Graduate Writing in Life Sciences (3)

Graduate writing skills for the life and environmental sciences; writing and editing journal articles, proposals; rhetorical analysis of scientific writing. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: WRT 104, 105, or 106 or equivalent or permission of instructor; graduate standing or senior status.

599 Master’s Thesis Research in Rhetoric (1-6)

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with major professor or program committee. Pre: permission of graduate director in writing and rhetoric.

645 Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (3)

Critical and theoretical conceptions of rhetoric and rhetoricality with varying historical periods and/or connections to cultural studies, literature, and composition studies. (Seminar)

647 Seminar in Research Methods: Rhetoric and Composition Studies (3)

Advanced practice in the theory and design of research projects, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative studies. May include archival research, teacher-research, ethnographies, case studies, interviews, surveys, experiments, and discourse analyses. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

691 Independent Study in Rhetoric (1-3)

Advanced study of an approved topic in Rhetoric and Writing Studies under the supervision of a graduate faculty member. Pre: permission of WRT graduate director. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

699 Doctoral Dissertation Research in Rhetoric (1-9)

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. Pre: permission of graduate director in writing and rhetoric.

999 Methods of Teaching College Writing (0)

Materials and multiple methods of teaching writing on the college level. Required of teaching assistants who will teach in Writing and Rhetoric unless waived by the director of English graduate studies, the supervisor of teaching assistants, and the director of Writing and Rhetoric. (Seminar)


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