Writing and Rhetoric B.A.

Course Descriptions

WRT100: Introduction to College Writing

(2 crs.) Practice in topic development, research techniques, documentation and attribution, and process-based writing. Focuses on thesis statements, topic sentences, paragraphing, coherence, and syntax. (Lec. 2) Pre: Admission to Talent Development's Prematriculation Program.

WRT104: Writing to Inform and Explain

(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. (B1) (B4)

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

(3 crs.) Honors Section of WRT 104: Writing to Inform and Explain. (Lec. 3) Pre: must have a 3.40 overall GPA. (B1) (B4)

WRT106: Introduction to Research Writing

(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. (B1) (B4)

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

(3 crs.) Honors Section of WRT 106: Introduction to Research Writing. (Lec. 3) Pre: Overall GPA of 3.40 or better. Not open to students with credit in WRT 104. (B1) (B4)

WRT201: Writing Argumentative and Persuasive Texts

(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) (B1) (B4)

WRT227: Business Communications

(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. (B1) (B2)

WRT235: Writing in Electronic Environments

(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)

WRT270: Writing Our Selves: Writing in the Expressivist Tradition

(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

(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: 3.40 overall gpa.

WRT302: Writing Culture

(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)

WRT303: Public Writing

(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)

WRT304: Writing for Community Service

(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)

WRT305: Travel Writing

(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)

WRT306: Writing Health and Disability

(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)

WRT331: Writing Public Relations

(3 crs.) Cross-list as (WRT), PRS 331. 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.

WRT332: Technical Writing

(3 crs.) Communication strategies for technical fields and for professional/general audiences. (Lec. 3) (B1) (B2)

WRT334: Science Writing

(3 crs.) Scientific principles, ethics, and best practices for communicating science to public audiences. (Lec. 3) Competence in basic writing skills expected. (B1) (B2)

WRT353: Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy

(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.

WRT360: Composing Processes and the Canons of Rhetoric

(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.

WRT383: Field Experience in Writing Consultancy

(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.

WRT385: Field Experience with Writing Rhode Island

(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.

WRT391: Independent Study in Writing and Rhetoric

(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.

WRT392: Independent Study in Writing and Rhetoric

(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.

WRT415: Perspectives On Reporting

(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.

WRT435: The Teaching of Composition

(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.

WRT442: Strategic Media Communication

(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.

WRT484: Internship in Writing and Rhetoric

(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.

WRT490: Writing and Rhetoric

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

WRT495: Composing Electronic Portfolios

(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.

WRT512: Studies in Rhetorical Theory

(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.

WRT524: Histories And Theories Of Writing Instruction

(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.

WRT533: Seminar in Graduate Writing in the Life Sciences

(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.

WRT599: Master's Thesis Research in Rhetoric

(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.

WRT645: Seminar In Rhetoric And Composition

(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)

WRT646: Seminar in Writing Studies

(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.

WRT647: Seminar in Research Methods: Rhetoric and Composition Studies

(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.

WRT691: Independent Study in Rhetoric

(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.

WRT699: Doctoral Dissertation Research in Rhetoric

(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.

WRT999: Methods of Teaching College Writing

(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)