General Education Writing

General Education Writing


At URI, there is no single required writing course – we encourage you to choose the one that is right for you and your goals. Thus, we offer many ways for you to fulfill your General Education writing requirement. Please explore your options below, and ask your advisor for further guidance.

Course Listing

WRT Proficiency Exam: Test out of 3ECw credits

Take this if…you have proof of a verbal SAT of 650 or higher – if so, contact us! This course is offered in the Fall only, within your first year of attending URI.

WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain – An introduction to writing in a wide range of situations, including academic and public writing. Available Fall, Spring and Summer, Face-to-face only.

Take this if…you want to write clearly and effectively in many genres for many different situations.

WRT 106: Introduction to Research Writing – Guided practice in research-informed writing for many purposes. Available Fall and Spring, face-to-face.

Take this if…you think you need additional support learning how to write “researched” papers at the college level.

WRT 201: Writing Argumentative and Persuasive Texts – Multiple and sustained arguments working with rhetorical appeals.

Take this if…you have the confidence to skip over the 100-level and you want to work on critical thinking and clarity in persuasive writing. Available Fall, Spring, Summer and in Providence. Face-to-face only.

WRT 227: Business Communications – Project-based assignments in a business context.

Take this if…You want to practice writing on the job and learn common business genres. Available Fall, Spring, and Summer and in Providence. Online and face-to-face only.

WRT 235: Writing in Electronic Environments – Create a range of digital writing assignments, including wikis, blogs, and web design.

Take this if…you want to learn to write in digital environments for a wider range of audiences. Available Fall, Spring and Summer. Online and face-to-face.

WRT 302: Writing Culture - Create the materials that sustain a culture: menus, liner notes, exhibit brochures.

Take this if…You want to flex your creative side with non-traditional forms of writing. Available Fall, spring, and summer. Online and face-to-face.

WRT 303: Public Writing - Participate in the writing surrounding important and contentious public issues.

Take this if…You are interested in public advocacy and community involvement. Available Fall online, spring face-to-face.

WRT 304: Writing for Community Service - Take hands-on instruction in writing-on-the-job into the non-profit sector.

Take this if…You want a professional writing class, including grant writing or you want to pursue service learning in a sustained community relationship. Available Fall only, face-to-face.

WRT 305: Travel Writing - Compose and publish essays and other travel-related documents.

Take this if…You want to build a publishable portfolio and you have a sense of adventure and respect for difference. Available Fall, spring, and summer. Online and face-to-face.

WRT 333: Scientific and Technical Writing - Practice creating audience-appropriate scientific and technical documents.

Take this if…You are majoring in Pharmacy, Engineering, or any of the sciences. Available Fall, Spring and in Providence.

Learning Outcomes 

All of our general education writing classes at URI have the following learning outcomes:

Understanding of Rhetorical Situation

  • Students recognize that different rhetorical situations (audiences, purposes, contexts) call for different types of writing.
  • Students practice different types of writing appropriate to different rhetorical situations (audience, purposes, contexts).
  • Students reflect upon and explain the appropriateness of their choices for the rhetorical situation.

Composition Processes and Practices

  • Students recognize differences between revision and editing.
  • Students practice various methods of invention, collaboration, research, ethical incorporation of sources, peer review, and revision.
  • Students describe and analyze their different methods of invention, collaboration, research, ethical incorporation of sources, peer review, and revision.

Conventions and Craft

  • Students recognize standards of correctness, usage, and style.
  • Students practice a range of styles, registers, and conventions.
  • Students revise and edit their work to produce polished texts that meet the demands of the rhetorical situation.