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Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Spring 2020 Offerings

Core Courses: 255 | 302 | 307 | 413

Genres & Practices:  301 | 340 | 422 | 430

Histories & Theories : 426 | 427 | 428 | 440

WRT 255: Advanced Argumentative Writing 

TTH 11-12:20 (31187, M001) – Jonna Gilfus

TTH 9:30-10:50 (41916, M002) – Lois Agnew

Intensive practice in the analysis and writing of advanced arguments for a variety of settings: public writing, professional writing, and organizational writing. (Core Requirement for Majors & Minors.)

WRT 301: Civic Writing: Activism, Policy, Social Justice in Language and Practice

TTH 5-6:20 (41918, M001) – Genevieve García de Müeller

We will address how activist and civic writing enacts new languages, logics, and actions for social change, examining how activists address practical problems in differing contexts, from protest movements to direct action, political lobbying to philanthro-capitalism. We will read and analyze texts by the Combahee River Collective, Angela Davis, and Karma Chavez, and engage with guest activists and scholars. Students will gain experience in intersectional thinking, community organizing, and collective action through teach-ins, writing their own social justice manifestos, and planning a campus-wide action. (G&P)

WRT 302: Digital Writing

MW 3:45-5:05 (32085, M001) – George Rhinehart

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. (Core Requirement for Majors.)

WRT 307: Professional Writing

Taught by multiple instructors at various times. (Core Requirement for Majors.)

Professional communication through the study of audience, purpose, and ethics. Rhetorical problem-solving principles applied to diverse professional writing tasks and situations. (Core Req for Majors.)

WRT 340: Advanced Editing Studio


F 9:30-12:15 (32615, M001) – Patrick W. Berry

What does it take to produce a publication from start to finish? In this course, we will explore publication processes: reviewing past issues of Intertext, analyzing audience, reading and selecting submissions, editing copy, finding and creating visual content, designing layouts, and developing supplemental editorial content. We will also explore production and manufacturing costs as well as issues pertaining to marketing, social media, promotion, and advertising. The ultimate goal is to create the 2020 issue of Intertext along with a supplemental Web-based component. (G&P)

WRT 413: Rhetoric and Ethics

TTH 12:30-1:50 (32623, M001) – Tony Scott

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. (Core Requirement for Majors.)

WRT 422: Studies in Creative Nonfiction: Writing the Journey

TTH 2-3:20 (31888, M001) – Eileen Schell

Nonfiction narratives often involve stories of epic journeys, whether travel writing, adventure narratives, athletic feats, or spiritual quests. This course will involve reading and writing journey narratives, focusing on memoir, profiles, place-based writing, travel writing, and multimedia writing.  The elements of creative nonfiction (vivid scenes, characterization, dialogue, setting) will help render those journeys—both ones that you have taken or that others are engaged in--for both private and public audiences. (G&P)

WRT 426: Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Information Technology: Through a Glass Darkly: Black Mirror and the Backlash against Internet Culture

TTH 3:30-4:50 (34108, M001) – Collin Gifford Brooke

Ten years ago, as Facebook and Twitter were mesmerizing us with the potential of social media, a single British television show was cutting against the grain of Internet optimism. In the near decade since the debut of Black Mirror, our assessment of the Net’s impact on our lives has changed. In this course, we will be screening a sizable number of Black Mirror episodes, and pairing them with relevant essays, to construct a “history” of the Internet. (H&T)

WRT 427: Emerging Technologies in Professional and Technical Writing

M 6:45-8:05 (41920, M001) – Rusty Bartels

This class examines ethical and rhetorical considerations of adopting and designing for emerging technologies. Our work will include student-driven group projects centered around identifying a client and their needs, proposing a plan and prototype for adopting recommended technologies, and providing the rationale for doing so. We’ll also read texts centered around issues of privacy/surveillance, accessibility, and intellectual property. As this is a hybrid course, students will be expected to use a variety of technologies to participate collaboratively face-to-face and online. (G&P)

WRT 428: Studies in Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy: Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Literacy and the Rhetoric of Images

Winterlude – 12/16/19-1/10/2020 (42218, U800) – Collin Gifford Brooke

We are beset on a daily basis by images. They attempt to influence us, to provoke in us reactions, whether they take the form of a fave or like, a comment, purchase, or shift in attitude or action. Images don’t operate according to the same cultural logics as the printed word, however. This course will explore the rhetorical impact of images even as we work to understand the visual elements that contribute to a complete picture of rhetoric. Students will need reliable Internet access and self-discipline to take the course.  Students must meet with the course instructor prior to beginning the course. (H&T)

WRT 430: Advanced Experience in Writing Consultation

MW 2:15-3:35 (41925, M001) – Ben Erwin

In this course, students will continue to develop successful consulting strategies for working one-on-one with students in the Writing Center. We will explore additional theories and practices in order to help you to think recursively about your consulting sessions and further contribute to the ongoing academic conversations in this field. Because students have had some consulting experience prior to this course, this class will focus more on your perspectives and interaction with each other, reflecting the collaborative nature of the work that we do as consultants. (G&P)

WRT 440: Studies in the Politics of Language and Writing: Languaging Across Borders

MW 12:45-2:05 (41926, M001) - Brice Nordquist

Language shapes our experience of the world, and we live together and build community through language.  This course considers theories and ideologies of language and the ways these inform our everyday practices, identities and power relations across educational, social, cultural, and national borders. Readings and discussions will focus on social issues intertwined with language; including, race, gender, class and language; attitudes towards dialects; processes of linguistic standardization; national language policies; the spread of “global” English and the development of “world Englishes.” (H&T)

Core Courses: 255 | 302 | 307 | 413

Genres & Practices:  301 | 340 | 422 | 430

Histories & Theories : 426 | 427 | 428 | 440