Course Listings

Course Listings


WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain – 3 Credits

Writing emphasizing the sharing of information. Varieties and strategies of expository writing for differing audiences and situations. Genres may include reports, proposals, letters, reviews, and websites.

WRT 106: Introduction to Research Writing – 3 Credits

Introduction to locating and evaluating a variety of sources and integrating them into papers. May include observations, interviews, surveys, key word and reference data base searches, and traditional library research culminating in a final research project.

WRT 201: Writing Argumentative and Persuasive Texts – 3 Credits

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.

WRT 227: Business Communications – 3 Credits

Basic business communications forms, group reports and presentations, effective use of electronic mail systems, and design of graphic aids for successful visual communication.

WRT 235: Writing in Electronic Environments – 4 Credits

Examine, investigate, and practice digital writing. May include Web design, blogs, wikis, social net- working technologies, presentation software, and construction of a digital portfolio. Requires out-of- class technology practice.

WRT 270: Writing in the Expressivist Tradition – 3 Credits

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

WRT 302: Writing Culture – 4 Credits

Experience with non-canonical writings that sustain or reshape culture. May include profiles and biographies, reviews, food and fashion writing, linear and exhibition notes. Requires sustained fieldwork.

WRT 303: Public Writing – 4 Credits

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.

WRT 304: Writing for Community Service – 4 Credits

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.

WRT 305: Travel Writing – 4 Credits

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.

WRT 306: Writing Health and Disability – 3 Credits

Explore the ways we experience, label, and politicize health and disability in our culture. Writing may include narratives, cultural critiques, persuasive essays, and policy proposals.

WRT 331: Writing Public Relations – 3 Credits

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.

WRT 333: Scientific and Technical Writing – 3 Credits

Practice in specific forms of writing in the scientific and technical fields.

WRT 353: Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy – 3 Credits

Practice and theory of one-to-one instruction emphasizing varied writing situations and multiple learning styles. Covers approaches to collaboration, learning, writing, and responding. Offers strategies for making appropriate writing choices.

WRT 360: Composing Processes and Canons of Rhetoric – 3 Credits

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. Pre: WRT 201 and another WRT course at the 200-level or above.

WRT 383: Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy – 1 Credit

Supervised field experience tutoring in the Writing Center or in the undergraduate peer consultants program.

WRT 385: Field Experience with Writing Rhode Island – 1-4 Credits

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 391: Independent Study in Writing and Rhetoric – 1-3 Credits

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

WRT 415: Perspectives on Reporting – 3 Credits

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

WRT 442: Strategic Media Communications – 3 Credits

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. Open only to majors in Communication Studies, Public Relations, Journalism, and Writing.  Not for graduate credit. Cross-listed as (PRS), WRT, COM 442, JOR 443.

WRT 490: Writing and Rhetoric – 3 Credits

Study emphasizing audience, composing processes, and rhetorical theories, including issues relevant to writing professionally.

WRT 495: Capstone in Electronic Portfolios – 4 Credits

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.