Writing (WR)

WR 107      ENGLISH COMPOSITION (ESL)      Credits: 3

English writing skills (grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence construction) for baccalaureate-level international students. This class fulfills General Education requirements for non-native speakers of English.
Corequisites: WR 121.

WR 115      WRITING STUDIO      Credits: 3

This course serves as a preparatory writing class for students who elect or are required to complete the course prior to enrolling in English Composition. The course focuses on foundational aspects of college writing and supports students' writing in other courses. Taken as WR 215, in preparation for a 300 level writing course, students produce a final portfolio of writing that meets self-identified goals. This course may additionally use electronic media to enhance the individualized approach to writing used in this course.

WR 121      ENGLISH COMPOSITION      Credits: 3

This course challenges students to be critical readers and writers of texts and culture across the curriculum. Students will practice a variety of rhetorical strategies as they develop responses to reading and class discussion about contemporary topics. Additionally, this course introduces students to the conventions of MLA and APA documentation style and the principles of using the writing of others in support of their own argument.

WR 121H      ENGLISH COMPOSITION - HONORS      Credits: 3

This Honors course challenges students to be critical readers and writers of texts and culture across the curriculum. Students will practice a variety of rhetorical strategies as they develop responses to reading and class discussion about contemporary topics. Additionally, this course introduces students to the conventions of MLA and APA documentation style and the principles of using the writing of others in support of their own argument.
Prerequisites: Non-Honors students - Approval of course instructor(s) and Honors Program director.

WR 199E      EXPERIMENTAL COURSE      Credit: 1

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

WR 215      WRITING STUDIO      Credits: 3

Taken in preparation for a 300 level writing course, students produce a final portfolio of writing that meets self-identified goals. This course may additionally use electronic media to enhance the individualized approach to writing used in this course.

WR 303      RHETORICAL APPROACH TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE      Credits: 3

Students will learn and practice explication and research skills for writing about literature, including introduction to contemporary critical methodology and literary review. The course will use a variety of short and long literary texts as the basis for reading, writing, and discussion.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

WR 303H      RHETORICAL APPROACH TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE - HONORS      Credits: 3

In this Honors course, students will learn and practice explication and research skills for writing about literature, including introduction to contemporary critical methodology and literary review. The course will use a variety of short and long literary texts as the basis for reading, writing, and discussion.
Prerequisites: WR 121 or WR 121H with a D or higher; Non-Honors students - Approval of course instructor(s) and Honors Program director.

WR 304      CREATIVE NON-FICTION: ART OF THE ESSAY      Credits: 3

Students will practice the art of creative non-fiction writing in both long and short review and personal essays. Readings will consist of both classic and contemporary texts.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

WR 304H      CREATIVE NON-FICTION: ART OF THE ESSAY - HONORS      Credits: 3

In this Honors course, students will practice the art of creative non-fiction writing in both long and short review and personal essays. Readings will consist of both classic and contemporary texts.
Prerequisites: WR 121 or WR 121H with a D or higher; Non-Honors students - Approval of course instructor(s) and Honors Program director.

WR 305      JOURNALISM      Credits: 3

Students will be introduced to the basics of journalism and feature writing. They will conduct research through conventional academic forums as well as learn interviewing and primary data gathering strategies. Students will write short reviews and news articles as well as a long, feature report project.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

WR 305H      JOURNALISM - HONORS      Credits: 3

Students will be introduced to the basics of journalism and feature writing in this Honors course. They will conduct research through conventional academic forums as well as learn interviewing and primary data gathering strategies. Students will write short reviews and news articles as well as a long, feature report project.
Prerequisites: WR 121 or WR 121H with a D or higher; Non-Honors students - Approval of course instructor(s) and Honors Program director.

WR 307      SCIENCE WRITING      Credits: 3

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to proficiently write essays in the field of science writing. Nursing, English, science, education, and business majors will benefit from ideas explored in science, technology, and environment. This is a research-based course. Students will be introduced to the lucrative field of science writing as a career or use this course as a springboard into other careers including nursing or visionary business leadership.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

WR 307H      SCIENCE WRITING - HONORS      Credits: 3

Upon successful completion of this Honors course, students will be able to proficiently write essays in the field of science writing. Nursing, English, science, education, and business majors will benefit from ideas explored in science, technology, and environment. This is a research-based course. Students will be introduced to the lucrative field of science writing as a career or use this course as a springboard into other careers including nursing or visionary business leadership.
Prerequisites: WR 121 or WR 121H with a D or higher; Non-Honors students - Approval of course instructor(s) and Honors Program director.

WR 308      ADVANCED RESEARCH WRITING      Credits: 3

Helps students understand themselves as writers, and to become acutely cognizant of individual writing challenges in diction, structure, conventions, fluency and focus. The writer will learn to use a scholar's voice and best-practice research methods using APA formatting, and will become discerning consumers of scholarly literature.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

WR 352      CREATIVE WRITING      Credits: 3

An introduction to the principles of short story writing. Students will read a variety of classic contemporary models, engage in journal writing, workshop discussion, and individual conferencing. Publishing opportunities and protocols also discussed. Students wishing to do a creative writing thesis as their senior project should take this course as early as possible in their course work. May be repeated once for a total of six credits if the topics of each class are unique.
Prerequisites: WR 121 and one upper division writing course with a D or higher.

WR 397      CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: WRITING      Credits: 3

For students who will be teaching English/Language Arts in the high school, junior high school, or middle school, this course is designed to familiarize them with the topics they will be required to know and teach as they help secondary students become articulate and thoughtful writers.
Prerequisites: WR 121 and one upper division writing course with a D or higher.

WR 399E      EXPERIMENTAL COURSE      Credits: 3

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

WR 415      WRITING STUDIO      Credits: 3

Taken in preparation for a 300 level writing course, or as an upper-division writing capstone, students produce a final portfolio of writing that meets self-identified goals. This course may additionally use electronic media to enhance the individualized approach to writing used in this course.