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Current and Recent Offerings

WRT 255: Advanced Writing Studio: Advanced Argumentative Writing

MW 12:45-2:05 (11383, M001) – Emily Dressing

TTH 11-12:20 (13323, M002) – Eileen Schell

Intensive practice in the analysis and writing of advanced arguments for a variety of settings: public writing, professional writing, and organizational writing.

This is a required course for all Writing and Rhetoric Majors and Minors.


WRT 300: Writing Your Way into Grad School

TTH 11-12:20 (20067, M001) – Aja Martinez

This course focuses on research-based writing and processes of audience analysis for preparing a disciplinarily informed and rhetorically effective dossier for graduate school applications. Genres examined include the Curriculum Vitae, personal statement, and writing sample. Additionally, students will identify 3-5 graduate school programs for application, develop strategies for requesting faculty letters of recommendation, and master methods of rhetorical analysis for searching for and applying for graduate school funding. Students from all majors are encouraged to enroll.

 (3 credits—Genres & Practices Category)


WRT 301: Civic Writing—Writing on the Wall

 TTH 12:30-1:50 (12910, M001) – Chris Feikes

At a time of deportations and border walls, the City of Syracuse has declared itself a Sanctuary City and SU has publicly affirmed its commitment to all community members “regardless of citizenship or religion.” In the local public school district, more than 85 languages are spoken, and at SU, 14% of students are international. Students will study the civic intersection of immigration and multilingual education. Students will do collaborative mapping, produce multimedia documents for civic advocacy, and conduct research. There will be opportunities for community dialogue at an SCSD high school close to campus.

 (3 credits—Genres & Practices Category)


WRT 302: Advanced Writing Studio: Digital Writing

TTH 2-3:20 (12310, M001) – Collin Brooke

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.

This is a required course for all Writing and Rhetoric Majors.


WRT 307: Advanced Writing Studio: Professional Writing

WRT 307 is taught by multiple instructors at various times.

The following is the catalog description: "Professional communication through the study of audience, purpose, and ethics. Rhetorical problem-solving principles applied to diverse professional writing tasks and situations."

This is a required course for all Writing and Rhetoric Majors.


WRT 413: Rhetoric and Ethics

MW 3:45-5:05 (12363, M001) – Rebecca Moore Howard

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.

This is a required course for all Writing and Rhetoric Majors.


WRT 422: Studies in Creative Nonfiction—The Lyric Essay

TTH 9:30-10:50 (11364, M001) – Ivy Kleinbart

This course reviews the craft of creative nonfiction writing and then takes up more complex questions of form, framing, movement, and style relevant to its subgenre, the lyric essay. Readings will range from linear narratives to genre-bending experiments at the borders between poetry and prose. The aim is to expand your sense of what’s possible in an essay and foster your growth as a creative nonfiction writer. You will write extensively, revise regularly, and engage in a constructive workshop setting. This class is for students who love to write and enjoy revising for an audience.

 (3 credits—Genres & Practices Category)


WRT 426: Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Information Technology—Well Played: The Rhetoric of Gaming

TTH 5-6:20 (13326, M001) – Collin Gifford Brooke

What does it mean that so much of our culture today seems tied to games? There is very little in our lives that we do not measure through points, levels, ratings, badges, and trophies—are we somehow less serious than in ages past? We will explore games of all sorts and think about how they shape our experience rhetorically.

(3 credits—Histories & Theories Category)


WRT 427: Emerging Technologies in Prof. & Tech. Wrt—Location and Collaboration: Team-based Web Production

T 3:30-4:50 (20068, M001) – Lenny Grant

Together, we will explore social media, locative technologies, and project management as we undertake a large-scale revision of SyrGuide, an online guide to the greater Syracuse area. To understand the theories, processes, and implications of revising online properties, we will work in face-to-face and virtual teams to update the website’s architecture and visual design, develop and edit new content, and archive existing content. Platforms will include blogs, wikis, video, geospatial technologies, as well as collaboration tools such as Slack and Trello.

This hybrid course meets face-to-face once each week and completes the remaining weekly work online. 

 (3 credits—Genres & Practices Category)


WRT 428: Studies in Comp., Rhetoric, and Literacy—Beyond a Rhetoric of Apocalypse: Testing the Power of Writing

M 5:15-8:05 (20069, M001) – Steve Parks

A lot of claims are made about the power of writing, digital technology, and multi-modal productions to create change, expand understanding, and create community. We will study those claims. We will also work with a Tunisian High School, located along ISIS routes, attempting to use writing to combat terrorists recruiting their students. Working with students/teachers, we will develop print and multi-modal publications representing a more inclusive, less apocalyptic vision, of their future. While we will respond to conditions on the ground, our goal will be to create a rhetoric and practice of alliance.

(3 credits—Histories & Theories Category)


WRT 440: Studies in the Politics of Language and Writing—The Politics of Authorship

MW 12:45-2:05 (20341, M001) – Rebecca Moore Howard

Using primary research, secondary research, and personal reflection, we will ask how complex mixes of power, law, custom, and social class affect the work of writers. Do copyright laws protect authors' rights or corporate capital? Do plagiarism policies protect authors' rights or function as a naturalized mechanism of class stratification within the academy? Do such laws and policies stifle creativity? Who has access to the status of author, under what circumstances, and at what price? This course will focus on a core issue of authorship: originality. Long considered the hallmark of true authorship, originality may actually be unattainable. In our current culture of remixed text, does that still matter?

 (3 credits—Histories & Theories Category)