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Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Spring 2019 Offerings


Core Courses: 255 | 302 | 307 | 413

Genres & Practices:  300 | 308 | 340 | 422 | 430

Histories & Theories : 426 | 436


WRT 255: Advanced Writing Studio: Advanced Argumentative Writing 

MW 12:45-2:05 (31229, M001) – Lois Agnew

TTH 9:30-10:50 (41648, M002) – Anne Fitzsimmons

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 300: Science Writing

TTH 12:30-1:50 (41649, M001) – Lenny Grant

Good writing is, arguably, as important to science as any piece of equipment in a laboratory. Because without clear, audience-centered writing, science would go unfunded, unreported, and unappreciated. This course introduces students from the humanities and sciences to the fundamentals of writing about science for both scientific and general audiences. We will analyze and learn to produce common scientific genres, like posters, abstracts, manuscripts, and grants, as well as lay genres like scientific explanations and science spotlight articles. (G&P)


WRT 302: Advanced Writing Studio: Digital Writing

TTH 3:30-4:50 (32171, M001) – George Rhinehart

TTH 11-12:20 (33904, M002) – Jordan Canzonetta

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: Politics of Style

TTH 2-3:20 (31097, M001) – Brice Nordquist

 This course investigates histories of “appropriate” and “effective” writing style, attending to the ways in which styles have been constructed and maintained over time and across contexts, genres, and media. We will explore the social and cultural assumptions that inform style guides and will consider the relationship between style and authenticity. We’ll also attend to texts that push stylistic boundaries and experiment with a variety of styles as we translate messages and meanings across contexts and forms. Students will compose multimodal style guides for effective writing in specific discourse communities.  (G&P)


WRT 340: Advanced Editing Studio: Intertext

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 2019 issue of Intertext along with a supplemental Web-based component. (G&P)


WRT 413: Rhetoric and Ethics

TTH 9:30-10:50 (32742, M001) – Tony Scott

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. (Core Requirement for Majors.)


WRT 422: Studies in Creative Nonfiction: Landscapes of/and the Imagination

MW 12:45-2:05 (31958, M001) – Steve Thorley

We’ll work with creative nonfiction “writ large,” as defined by Lee Gutkind who coined the term: “creative nonfiction precisely describes what the form is all about. The word ‘creative’ refers simply to the use of literary craft in presenting nonfiction—that is, factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid manner.” This course will work with an emphasis on place as articulated by Robert Root in his introduction to our text Landscapes with Figures: “the nonfiction of place is nonfiction in which the evocation of setting is central to the development of theme or character or action.” (G&P)


WRT 426: Writing, Rhetoric, & Information Technology: Rhet(ty) Player One

TTH 5-6:20 (41650, M001) – Collin Brooke

From Pokemon Go and Fortnite to Dungeons & Dragons and Settlers of Catan, gaming has moved from the proverbial basement to the mainstream of American culture. This course will consider the rhetorical implications of this shift: how are we affected by the points, levels, ratings, badges, and trophies that we use to measure our lives? How is our experience of the world shaped by touch screens and game controllers? What does it mean to think of a game as artistic, ethical, or rhetorical? (H&T)


WRT 430: Advanced Experience in Writing Consultation

MW 2:15-3:35 (41651, M001) – Ben Erwin

In this course, students will continue to develop successful consulting strategies for working one-on-one with students in the Writing Center. We will explore additional theories and practices in order to think recursively about your consulting sessions. Students will consult in the Center throughout the semester while conducting research in the field of Writing Center Studies. Pre-req: WRT 331 (G&P)


WRT436: Feminist Rhetoric(s): Arriving at #metoo

MW 3:45-5:05 (41652, M001) – Aja Martinez

This course will survey feminist rhetorics prompted by historical and global social movements. We will rhetorically analyze and respond to primary and secondary texts that characterize feminist rhetorics, ranging from prominent feminist voices such as Christine de Pizan to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We will explore evolving definitions of the term “feminist” and will arrive at final projects that place our own feminist trajectories within the genealogy of feminist rhetorics that paved the way for contemporary feminist social movements. (H&T)


Core Courses: 255 | 302 | 307 | 413

Genres & Practices:  300 | 308 | 340 | 422 | 430

Histories & Theories : 426 | 436