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Current and Recent Offerings

Core Courses: 255 | 302 | 307 | 413

Genres & Practices: 308 | 331 | 340422 | 425

Histories & Theories400 | 424 

WRT 255: Advanced Writing Studio: Advanced Argumentative Writing 

TTH 12:30-1:50 (31262, M001) – Collin Gifford Brooke

Intensive practice in the analysis and writing of advanced arguments for a variety of settings: public writing, professional writing, and organizational writing. (Required for Writing and Rhetoric Majors and Minors.)

WRT 302: Advanced Writing Studio: Digital Writing

TTH 3:30-4:50 (32279, M001) – Collin Gifford Brooke

MW 5:15-6:35 (41123, M002) – Brett Keegan

Practice in writing in digital environments. May include document and web design, multimedia, digital video, weblogs. Introduction to a range of issues, theories, and software applications relevant to such writing. (Required for Writing and Rhetoric Majors.)

WRT 307: Advanced Writing Studio: Professional Writing

WRT 307 is taught by multiple instructors at various times.

Professional communication through the study of audience, purpose, and ethics. Rhetorical problem-solving principles applied to diverse professional writing tasks and situations. (Required for Writing and Rhetoric Majors.)

WRT 308: Style: Style and Genre

MW 12:45-2:05 (31117, M001) – Rebecca Moore Howard

Although we’re all accustomed to the idea of having “a” prose style, in fact style is never stable. It always shifts according to the rhetorical situation. In addition, what’s considered “good style” changes from one era to another. We will begin with some readings on style from classical sources but will focus on styles that are currently considered “good” in a variety of contexts, focusing on how style and genre interact. You will develop your own style portfolio and will workshop your own and classmates’ writing. (G&P)

WRT 331: Peer Writing Consultant Practicum

MW 2:15-3:35 (41128, M001) – Ben Erwin

Students will discover more about what it means to be an effective tutor in a university Writing Center. We’ll be working to understand the theory behind current tutoring practices, exploring the values held in the Writing Center that will shape our decisions about how we approach the writers and their texts. In addition, we’ll be doing a lot of hand-on practice to help you develop successful consulting strategies and prepare for working one-on-one with students in the Writing Center. (G&P)

WRT 340: Advanced Editing Studio

F 9:30-12:15 (32920, M001) – Patrick Berry

What does it take to produce a publication from start to finish? In this course, we will explore publication processes: reviewing past issues of Intertext, analyzing audience, reading and selecting submissions, editing copy, finding and creating visual content, designing layouts, and developing supplemental editorial content. We will also explore production and manufacturing costs as well as issues pertaining to marketing, social media, promotion, and advertising. The ultimate goal is to create the 2018 issue of Intertext along with a supplemental Web-based component. (G&P)

WRT 400: Rhetoric, Science, and Citizenship

MW 3:45-5:05 (41129, M001) – Lenny Grant 

Whether it’s climate science informing U.S. and global policy decisions, neuroscience shaping how we understand our minds, or astrophysics showing us our place in the universe, the discourses of science affect our lives and culture in profound ways. The Rhetoric of Science seeks to analyze and understand how scientific texts exert their influence on policy makers, scientists, and nonscientists. Students of the humanities and the sciences will gain an in-depth introduction to this diverse interdisciplinary field, as well as opportunities to pursue their own analysis of scientific topics.  (H&T)

WRT 400: Composing Languages and Cultures

TTH 2-3:20 (41130, M002) – Tony Scott

We will explore relationships between languages and cultures using research methods such as ethnographic observation, discourse analysis, and dynamic mapping. The course will enable you to further develop as a writer by gaining a deeper understanding of how we use language to continually create meaning, assert identities and exert agency within and across contexts. As we develop projects, you will have the opportunity to investigate performances and effects of language difference, mechanisms of language standardization, and relations between languages, identities and power.  (H&T)

WRT 413: Rhetoric and Ethics

TTH 11-12:20 (32929, M001) – Aja Martinez

Introduces historical conversations concerning rhetoric's ethical responsibilities and explores complications that emerge as assumed historic connections between language and truth, justice, community, and personal character are deployed in various social, political, cultural, national, and transnational contexts. (Required for Writing and Rhetoric Majors.)

WRT 422: Studies in Creative Nonfiction: Spatial Memory 

TTH 3:30-4:50 (32035, M001) – Ezekiel Choffel

How do space and place impact our stories and shape our lives? This spatially-focused course will explore relationships between the land and memory. You will investigate the histories of significant places in your lives and weave your stories with the history of these locations. By working with multiple creative non-fiction genres, you will learn how to build upon your relationship with place to establish stronger connections with your own stories. (G&P)

WRT 424: Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, Identity: Rhetoric, Work, and Identity

TTH 9:30-10:50 (31962, M001) – Lois Agnew

Most children know that the appropriate answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is the name of a specific career: firefighter, doctor, teacher. In this course, we will interrogate the link between work and identity that this question assumes, as well as explore how the connection between work and identity is rhetorically constructed in other types of social interactions. We will read historic arguments about the relationship between work, language, and identity, consider how these views are complicated in the present day, and investigate how factors such as class, gender, and race shape working identities.  (H&T)

WRT 425: Digital Identities

T 5-6:20 (41157, M001) – George Rhinehart

We’ll consider practical and theoretical ways to address these central questions: In an age when social media pervades our lives and potential employers often google first, how can we manage our online presence? How can we display our skills to our best advantage? Using rhetorical principles, we’ll consider online activity as an integral part of our professional identities. We’ll assess and revise our existing digital profiles and develop and execute branding and production plans for a professional portfolio. Readings on topics such as rhetorical aspects of the web, digital identity, short‐form style, and others. (G&P)


Core Courses: 255 | 302 | 307 | 413

Genres & Practices: 308 | 331 | 340 | 422 | 425

Histories & Theories400 | 424