Course Listings

Course Listings


N.B.: Please consult eCampus for current catalog information.  This list of courses is informational only.

WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain

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

WRT 104H: Honors Section of WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain

LEC: (3 crs.) Honors Section of WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain. (Lec. 3) Pre: must have a 3.30 overall GPA. (ECw)

WRT 106: Introduction to Research Writing

LEC: (3 crs.) 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. (Lec. 3) Not open to students with credit in WRT 104. (ECw)

WRT 106H: Honors Section of WRT 106: Introduction to Research Writing

LEC: (3 crs.) Honors Section of WRT 106: Introduction to Research Writing. (Lec. 3) Pre: Overall GPA of 3.30 or better. Not open to students with credit in WRT 104. (ECw)

 

WRT 201: Writing Argumentative and Persuasive Texts

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

WRT 227: Business Communications

LEC: (3 crs.) 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) Pre: Open to Business majors with sophomore or higher standing. Open to a limited number of writing majors with sophomore or higher standing. (ECw)

WRT 235: Writing in Electronic Environments

SEM: (4 crs.) 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)

WRT 270: Writing Our Selves: Writing in the Expressivist Tradition

SEM: (3 crs.) Focuses on the expressivist tradition of writing, including memoirs, medical narratives, nature meditations and informal essays. (Seminar)

WRT 270H: Honors Section of WRT 270: Writing Our Selves: Writing in the Expressivist Tradition

SEM: (3 crs.) Honors Section of WRT 270: Writing Our Selves: Writing in the Expressivist Tradition. Focuses on the expressivist tradition of writing, including memoirs, medical narratives, nature meditations and informal essays. (Seminar) Pre: 3.30 overall gpa.

 

WRT 302: Writing Culture

SEM: (4 crs.) Experience with writings that sustain or reshape culture. May include profiles, reviews, food and fashion writing, liner and exhibition notes. Requires sustained fieldwork and out-of-class technology practice. (Seminar 3, Practicum 2/Online) (ECw)

WRT 303: Public Writing

SEM: (4 crs.) 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)

WRT 304: Writing for Community Service

SEM: (4 crs.) 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]

WRT 305: Travel Writing

SEM: (4 crs.) Writing about places both new and familiar. Emphasizes descriptive techniques, the use of facts, and different cultural perspectives. May include travel essays, place journals, guide-books, query letters. Requires sustained fieldwork. (Seminar 3, Practicum 2/Online) (ECw) [D]

WRT 306: Writing Health and Disability

LEC: (3 crs.) 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)

WRT 313: Introduction to Video Games: Users and Contexts

SEM: (4 crs.) Cross-listed as (SCM), ART, COM, FLM, WRT 313. Introduces video game development through the perspective of different users’ experiences and contexts. Projects include critical analyses, observations, multimedia pitch presentations. Requires substantial game playing outside of class. (Sem. 3, Prac. 2) Pre: sophomore standing.

WRT 331: Writing Public Relations

LEC: (3 crs.) Introduces the audiences, situations, and processes typical of public relations writing. Includes practice with genres including news releases, media kits, speeches, and letters. Emphasizes professional behavior and polished writing. (Lec. 3) Pre: any 200-level WRT course; PR and WRT majors only.

WRT 332: Technical Writing

LEC: (3 crs.) Communication strategies for technical fields and for professional/general audiences. (Lec. 3) (ECw)

WRT 353: Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy

SEM: (4 crs.) 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.

WRT 360: Composing Processes and the Canons of Rhetoric

LEC: (3 crs.) 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: WRT 201 and another WRT course at the 200-level or above.

WRT 383: Field Experience in Writing Consultancy

FLD: (1-3 crs.) Supervised field experience, tutoring in the Writing Center or in the undergraduate peer consultants program. (Field Exp.) Pre: WRT 353 and permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

WRT 385: Field Experience with Writing Rhode Island

PRA: (1-4 crs.) 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.

WRT 388: Proposal Writing for Clients

LEC (3 crs.)An experiential learning course focused on writing proposals and grants in response to specific requests for proposals (RFPs) designed by an actual client (local corporation or non-profit). Authentic workplace writing; teamwork required. Taught jointly by a URI instructor and a professional proposal writer employed by IGT (International Game Technology). Students enrolled in the course are eligible to apply for a paid summer internship with IGT.

WRT 391: Independent Study in Writing and Rhetoric

IND: (1-3 crs.) 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.

WRT 392: Independent Study in Writing and Rhetoric

IND: (1-3 crs.) 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.

 

WRT 415: Perspectives On Reporting

SEM: (3 crs.) Cross-listed as (JOR), WRT 415. Critical assessment of reporting through the reading and analysis of book-length works of journalism and magazine and newspaper series of articles. (Seminar) Pre: JOR 110 or 115 and junior standing. Not for graduate credit.

WRT 435: The Teaching of Composition

SEM: (3 crs.) Cross-listed as (WRT), EDC 435. 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.

WRT 442: Strategic Media Communication

LEC: (3 crs.) Cross-listed as (PRS), WRT, COM 442, JOR 443. Introduces strategic media relation tactics when responding to the media, specifically crisis communication situations. Students gain practical experience in various writing and speaking opportunities to effectively work with the media. (Lec. 3) Pre: PRS 340. Open only to majors in Communication Studies, Public Relations, Journalism, and Writing. Not for graduate credit.

WRT 484: Internship in Writing and Rhetoric

PRA: (1-3 crs.) Practice and direct supervision in workplace writing. Placement options include community based, governmental, technological, health services, military, educational and non-profit 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.

WRT 490: Writing and Rhetoric

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

WRT 495: Composing Electronic Portfolios

SEM: (4 crs.) Capstone for WRT majors. Create a substantive and reflective digital collection of representative writings for academic and career-centered audiences. Requires a public showcase and out-of-class technology practice. (Seminar 3, Studio 2) Pre: Senior standing in the WRT major or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

 

WRT 512: Studies in Rhetorical Theory

LEC: (3 crs.) 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.

WRT 524: Histories And Theories Of Writing Instruction

LEC: (3 crs.) 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.

WRT 533: Seminar in Graduate Writing in the Life Sciences

LEC: (3 crs.) Seminar in graduate writing in life sciences; analyzing and writing journal articles, proposals, popular press; rhetorical analysis of scientific writing. (Seminar) Pre: WRT 104 or 106 or equivalent, or permission of instructor; graduate standing or senior status.

WRT 599: Master’s Thesis Research in Rhetoric

SEM: (1-6 crs.) Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with major professor or program committee. Pre: permission of graduate director in writing and rhetoric. S/U credit.

 

WRT 645: Seminar In Rhetoric And Composition

SEM: (3 crs.) Critical and theoretical conceptions of rhetoric and rhetoricality with varying historical periods and/or connections to cultural studies, literature, and composition studies. (Seminar)

WRT 646: Seminar in Writing Studies

SEM: (3 crs.) Advanced study in special topics related to writing pedagogy. May include histories and theories of contemporary composition studies, interrogations of widespread practices, and/or relevant current topics in the field. May be repeated for credit. (Seminar) Pre: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

WRT 647: Seminar in Research Methods: Rhetoric and Composition Studies

SEM: (3 crs.) 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.

WRT 691: Independent Study in Rhetoric

IND: (1-3 crs.) 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.

WRT 699: Doctoral Dissertation Research in Rhetoric

IND: (1-6 crs.) 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. S/U credit.

 

WRT 999: Methods of Teaching College Writing

SEM: (0 crs.) Materials and multiple methods of teaching writing on the college level. Required of teaching assistants who will teach in the Writing and Rhetoric Program unless waived by the director of English graduate studies, the supervisor of teaching assistants, and the director of the Writing and Rhetoric Program. (Seminar)