School of Humanities and Sciences

Writing Courses

WRTG 10600 - Academic Writing I 3A HU LA

This introductory, freshman-level course teaches students how to read perceptively and write coherently in college courses. Students learn to comprehend, critique, and respond to college readings by writing analytical essays ranging from single-source papers to evaluations of the claims and evidence in a number of readings. Typical assignments include single-source critiques and multiple-source syntheses. The course emphasizes thoughtful and responsible use of sources. May satisfy departmental and school requirements for a level-1 writing course. Students may not receive credit for both this class and WRTG 10800, WRTG 15200, or WRTG 16300. Prerequisites: Available only to freshmen, sophomores, and transfers in HSHP, the School of Music, and the Park School, except by petition. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 10800 - Academic Writing 1 for Humanities and Sciences 3A HU LA

This introductory, freshman-level course teaches students how to read perceptively and write coherently in college courses. Students learn to comprehend, critique, and respond to college readings by writing analytical essays ranging from single-source papers to evaluations of the claims and evidence in a number of readings. Typical assignments include single-source critiques and multiple-source syntheses. The course emphasizes thoughtful and responsible use of sources. It includes a fourth hour designed to guide students through the composing process and help them edit their own writing more effectively for clarity, development, correctness, and style. May satisfy departmental and school requirements for a level-1 writing course. Students may not receive credit for this course and WRTG 10600. Prerequisites: Open only to freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students in the School of Humanities and Sciences; students from the professional schools may be admitted on a space-available basis by petition. 4 credits. (F-S, Y)

WRTG 11100 - Academic Writing II 3A HU LA

Refines and advances writing and reasoning abilities taught in Academic Writing I. Focus is on complex synthesis of material from diverse sources to analyze and evaluate significant issues. Students study library research methods and complete an independent research project. May satisfy departmental and school requirements for a second level-1 writing course. Available only to freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students. Prerequisites: Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500, or by placement. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 16500 - Introduction to the Essay 3A HU LA

Introduces the principal concepts of writing through a study of the genre of the essay. In addition to achieving the broad goals of Academic Writing I and II, this course includes how to conduct research and use sources thoughtfully and responsibly, and asks students to examine the intentions, strategies, and styles of selected essayists from Montaigne to the present. May satisfy departmental and school requirements for a level-1 writing course. Prerequisites: Non-writing majors by placement only. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 17500 - Introduction to Creative Writing 3A FA LA

Elements and techniques of writing fiction and poetry introduced through instruction, analysis of models, experimentation, and practice. Fiction-writing techniques include developing character and plot, using dialogue, creating scenes, learning narrative structure, and acquiring narrative voice. Poetry-writing techniques include traditional poetic forms, poetic imagery, and descriptive and figurative language. Not open to students who have previously received credit for WRTG 23600 or WRTG 23800. Prerequisites: Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 20100 - Argument 3A HU LA

Prepares students to write convincing arguments by learning logical strategies for presenting and defending ideas. Introduces a variety of forms that arguments can take, emphasizing the traditional essay. Particularly recommended for students who wish to strengthen their ability to present their point of view persuasively, intelligently, and ethically. Prerequisites: Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500; sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 20500 - Personal Essay 3A HU LA

Writing essays based on analysis of students' experiences, ideas, and feelings. Emphasis is placed on narrative, descriptive, and organizational techniques, as well as development of style. Readings are intended to deepen students' understanding of their own lives and provide models for creative interpretations of their own experience. Prerequisites: Any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 21100 - Writing for the Workplace HU LA

Basic on-the-job writing necessary to join, manage, and promote any organization, whether profit or nonprofit. Focus is primarily on short forms: résumés, memos, business letters, summaries, brochures, newsletters, press releases, informal proposals, and reports. Course also explores how various social, economic, and ethical issues affect workplace writing. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S, Y)

WRTG 21300 - Technical Writing HU LA

Fundamentals for communicating technical information to general and specialized audiences. Class emphasizes the foundations of technical writing, their formats and applications, context-specific writing strategies, basic visual design, and ethics. Some reading in and discussion of the history of technology and its influence on human society and culture. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F,E)

WRTG 22500 - Grammar and Usage HU LA

Intensive study of the patterns of English grammar and their influence on sentence structure, punctuation, and usage. Daily exercises in contemporary usage and writing assignments prepare students for refining their own academic prose and for editing the work of others. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 23600 - Fiction Writing I: Short Story 3A FA LA

Workshop in writing fiction, emphasizing plot, characterization, dialogue, description, narration, mood, tone, and viewpoint. Analysis of both professional and student writing. A final portfolio of revised work is required. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; WRTG 17500 or WRTG 20500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 23800 - Poetry Writing I 3A FA LA

Workshop in writing poetry, in which students develop poetic strategies and practice a range of poetic forms and modes. Analysis of published models (both historical and contemporary) and student writing. A final portfolio of revised work is required. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; WRTG 17500 or WRTG 20500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 30100 - Autobiography 3A FA LA

Advanced course in writing autobiography. Encourages students to recognize developmental patterns in their own lives and understand the social and political context of their experience. Emphasis is placed on the thematic, structural, and stylistic problems of extended narrative. Autobiographical readings are used to model the genre and address relevant issues, such as the selectivity of memory, the public presentation of the private self, and the literary value of daily life. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500 or WRTG 23600. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

WRTG 30500 - Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy FA LA

Advanced creative writing course in science fiction and fantasy that emphasizes the importance of character and thematic development. Assignments also focus on the selection of subject, setting, and narrative techniques. Readings in contemporary science fiction and fantasy serve as models for approaches to these two genres. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500 or WRTG 23600. 3 credits. (S,Y)

WRTG 31000 - Women and Writing 3A FA LA

Creative writing for students interested in exploring female experience through different literary forms. The first half of the course is nonfiction prose (journals, essays); in the second half, students choose to do fiction, poetry, or dramatic writing. Readings by contemporary female writers. Prerequisites: WRTG 20500, WRTG 23600, WRTG 23800, or junior standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

WRTG 31100 - Writing for the Professions HU LA

Advanced, thematically centered workplace writing focusing on more complex forms: policy statements, position papers, dossiers, legal documentation, and long reports. Course themes vary and encourage dialogue on major issues among different professions in business, government, law, and medicine. All sections are grounded in argument, ethics, and the humanities. Class readings may include casebooks, theoretical essays, or historical documents. Prerequisites: Junior standing. Any one of the following: WRTG 20100, WRTG 21100, or WRTG 21300; or any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500 and three courses at level 2 or above in the social sciences or majors within the Schools of Business, Communications, and Health Sciences and Human Performance, as well as the Division of International and Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 credits. (S, O)

WRTG 31400 - Science Writing 3A HU LA

Advanced expository course on journalistic and literary scientific writing. Students learn to communicate scientific facts and theories to professional and sophisticated lay readers through description, analogy, narrative, and argument. Some discussion of the technical and scholarly conventions of formal scientific writing. Class readings include major humanistic essays from the history of science and articles and features from contemporary popular and scientific publications. Prerequisites: Junior standing; any one of the following: WRTG 20100 or WRTG 21300 and two courses in the natural sciences; or any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500 and three courses (at least one above level 1) in the health and natural sciences. 3 credits. (S, E)

WRTG 31700 - Proposal and Grant Writing NLA

Advanced workplace writing concentrating on proposals and grants. Students address problems in the local community while studying the interplay among business, education, government, and nonprofits. Attentive to civic responsibility in the marketplace, this course teaches research and assessment, project management, editing, and document design. Group work emphasizes social networks and service learning. Prerequisites: Junior standing and one of the following: WRTG 20100, WRTG 21100, or WRTG 21300. 3 credits. (F, Y)

WRTG 31800 - Writing from Cultural Experience 3A HU LA

Advanced essay course in which students explore the significance of their own ethnic and cultural identity, background, and experience. Writing assignments encourage students to employ a variety of essay styles and structures — from personal to public and from narrative to analytical. Appropriate for any students who recognize their life experience as distinct by virtue of their nationality, race, religion, region, gender, sexual preference, or culture. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100 or WRTG 20500. 3 credits. (S,Y)

WRTG 31900 - Writing as a Naturalist 3A HU LA

Advanced expository essay course focusing on human interactions with the rest of the natural world. Readings are selected from the writing of naturalists, environmentalists, scientists, legislators, artists, poets, and philosophers. Writing assignments include field observation, description, analysis, and argument. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100, WRTG2 0500, or any level-1 composition course from WRTG 10600 through WRTG 16500 and two courses in environmental studies above level 1. 3 credits. (F,Y)

WRTG 32000 - Public Essay 3A HU LA

A public essay is a vehicle for making sense of the world, for offering commentary about it that deepens the reader's understanding and awareness of our condition. This advanced expository course provides students the occasion to write reflective literary essays on topics of public interest and significance. Students bring their own values, perspectives, insights, and voice to bear on matters of community concern. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100 or WRTG 20500. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 32100 - Self and the Scholarly Essay 3A HU LA

An advanced academic writing course in research-based writing. Students explore the relationship between postmodern concepts of voice and contextuality, and practice the new academic essay, in which personal perspective and voice inform scholarship, learning when and how subjectivity is appropriate to scholarly writing. Particularly useful for students who wish to pursue graduate careers in writing, rhetoric and composition theory, and other subjects in the humanities and the arts. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

WRTG 32500 - Writing Children's Literature FA LA

Creating literature for children and young adults. In addition to studying stylistic approaches and techniques, the course addresses issues such as appropriate subject matter, writing for specific age groups, and the writer's moral responsibility. Reading assignments include classic and contemporary works, fairy tales and myths, and critical and historical essays. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500; WRTG 23600. 3 credits. (F,Y)

WRTG 33100 - Feature Writing HU LA

Advanced expository course in developing the skills necessary to write informative, accurate, and interesting feature articles suitable for publication in daily or weekly newspapers. Students learn interviewing and reporting skills, as well as feature genres, style, and structure. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100 or WRTG 20500. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

WRTG 33400 - Humorous Writing FA LA

Writing humorously in the comedic or satiric mode. Introduces a variety of humorous forms, such as monologue, parody, caricature, and irony. Readings from past and present works contribute to a study of the historical, philosophical, psychological, and cultural dimensions of humor. Major emphasis is placed on creative writing. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500 or WRTG 23600. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

WRTG 33600 - Fiction Writing II FA LA

An advanced workshop for students with a serious commitment to writing fiction. Builds on the work begun in WRTG 23600. Students may write short stories or longer fictional pieces. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 23600. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 33800 - Poetry Writing II FA LA

An advanced workshop for students with a serious commitment to the art of writing poetry. Students build on the study begun in WRTG 23800, striving for a greater understanding of issues and techniques in poetry. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 23800. (F or S,Y)

WRTG 34000 - Magazine Writing HU LA

Experience in researching, writing, and marketing magazine articles, with an emphasis on features. Students study the various types of articles and analyze magazines for their content, audience, and editorial policy and slant, using this understanding to write for particular magazines of their choice. Students learn reporting and research techniques, as well as how to query editors. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above; WRTG 20100 or WRTG 20500; JOUR 11100 or WRTG 33100. 3 credits. (F,Y)

WRTG 34200 - Writing about Sports HU LA

Advanced expository course in writing essays about sports for a variety of audiences, and developing and articulating standards for that writing. Readings selected from past masters and contemporary practitioners to provide a context for class discussion and for descriptive, analytical, and argumentative writing. Emphasizes establishing an authentic voice. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

WRTG 34500 - Writing as a Critic HU LA

Advanced expository course on the essentials of writing arts reviews and criticism for newspapers, magazines, and trade journals, both print and online. Subjects for review include film, theater, music, dance, performance media, literature, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, television, radio, videos, games, and digital media. Also addresses the social and aesthetic functions of arts criticism, the development of criteria for judgment, and the role and responsibility of the critic. Reading assignments include critical models as well as essays on the theory and practice of criticism. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100 or WRTG 20500; any two courses beyond level 1 in art, art history, literature, theater, music, dance, photography, television-radio, video, or film. 3 credits. (S,Y)

WRTG 35000 - Selected Topics in Expository Writing HU LA
WRTG 35200 - Selected Topics in Expository Writing HU LA

Advanced expository writing course, offered at irregular intervals on topics chosen by faculty members. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. For writing minors, the course may be an elective or fulfill a level-3 minor requirement. Prerequisites: Junior standing; one writing course at level 2 or above (specified by name and number at time of offering). 3 credits. (IRR)

WRTG 35400 - Selected Topics in Creative Writing FA LA
WRTG 35600 - Selected Topics in Creative Writing FA LA

Advanced creative writing course, offered at irregular intervals on topics chosen by faculty members. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. For writing minors, the course may be an elective or fulfill a level-3 minor requirement. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20500 or one creative writing course at level 2 or above (specified by name and number at time of offering). 3 credits. (IRR)

WRTG 36000 - Composition Theory HU LA

Introduction to research and scholarship currently shaping the theory and practice of composition studies. Covers major philosophies of composing and studies in language and learning that inform writing pedagogy. Investigates how social and political dimensions of literacy affect language use and learning, as well as how new technologies shape writing and teaching practice. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 20100; WRTG 20500. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

WRTG 36500 - Poetics HU LA

Introduction to Western theories of creative writing as a means of investigating the relationships between writer, text, and world. Addresses cultural/political, psychological, philosophical, and aesthetic concerns. Students analyze their own creative work and process in the context of these theories. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 23600 or WRTG 23800; any other writing course above level 1. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 38000 - Writers' Workshop LA

An advanced writing workshop offered each semester to coincide with the Department of Writing Distinguished Visiting Writers series. Requires 15 contact hours in meetings, conferences, and classes with both the visiting writer and the writing faculty coordinator. Students produce a 15-page revised manuscript of new work in the relevant genre over the course of the semester. May be repeated up to three times for credit. Prerequisites: Junior standing; permission of instructor. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 41000 - Senior Project LA

Advanced independent project designed by writing majors no later than their second junior semester and relating to their particular concentration. The project, which must be approved by student's mentor as well as the major subcommittee, is undertaken in the second semester of the student's senior year. Work in the final portfolio is juried by both mentor and major subcommittee. Students are encouraged but not required to give a public presentation or reading of their work during their final senior semester. Prerequisites: Senior standing; WRTG 32000, WRTG 33600, or WRTG 33800; WRTG 36000 or WRTG 36500; approval of faculty sponsor and curriculum subcommittee. Open to majors only. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 41500 - Senior Seminar LA

Small group setting for intensive study of selected advanced topics not provided elsewhere in the curriculum. Seminar topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Senior standing; two writing courses beyond level 1, at least one of which must be at level 3; permission of instructor; additional specific prerequisites to be determined by the subject of the seminar. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 42000 - Apprenticeship NLA

Service as a teacher's apprentice in a writing course, correcting and commenting on student papers, tutoring, leading class exercises or discussions, and participating in conferences. Prerequisites: Desire to work with Academic Writing I or II, Personal Essay, Persuasive Argument, or an affiliated course; successful completion of the course that the student would like to apprentice in; successful completion of at least two writing courses above level 1, with at least one B and one A- as final grades; senior standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 43600 - Writing the Short Novel FA LA

This advanced fiction-writing seminar offers students the opportunity to develop a short novel. The course extends previously learned narrative elements, such as characterization, plot, setting, point of view, tone, and voice, and applies them to a broader, more complex literary canvas. Students will create narratives that allow for multiple characters who interact within an expanded social context or that permit the extended exploration of a single character in considered detail. Prerequisites: Junior standing; WRTG 17500 or its equivalent; WRTG 20500; WRTG 23600; WRTG 30500, WRTG 32500, WRTG 33400, or WRTG 33600; one literature course in the Departments of English or Modern Languages and Literatures. 3 credits. (F,Y)

WRTG 45000 - Internship: Writing NLA

Work and study project designed by the student, in consultation with a faculty sponsor and a practicing professional. The proposal includes learning objectives, a detailed work plan, and a description of the student's plans for reports to the faculty sponsor. Prerequisites: Junior standing; three writing courses above level 1. Offered on demand only. Variable credit 1-6 credits; may be repeated up to 12 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 49800 - Independent Study: Exposition HU LA
WRTG 49801 - Independent Study (Exposition) HU

Student-initiated expository writing project focusing on a specialized area. For the qualified, advanced student, by agreement with a faculty member. Approval of the writing department chair must be obtained one semester in advance of the proposed project. Prerequisites: Senior standing; three writing courses above level 1; additional prerequisites depending on topic. 1-3 credits. (F-S,Y)

WRTG 49900 - Independent Study: Creative Writing FA LA

Student-initiated creative writing project focusing on a specialized area. For the qualified, advanced student, by agreement with a faculty member. Offered on demand only. Approval of the writing department chair must be obtained one semester in advance of the proposed project. Prerequisites: Senior standing; three writing courses above level 1; additional prerequisites depending on topic. 1-3 credits. (F-S,Y)