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Take Science Writing for WI Credit

Contributed by Anthony DiRenzo on 01/14/21 

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The Department of Writing invites you to enroll in Science Writing (WRTG-31400, CRN 43237) for Spring 2021. Designated Writing Intensive for the College's Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC), this course will be offered online synchronously from 2:35 PM to 3:50 PM Tuesday, Thursday.

Science Writing teaches journalistic and literary scientific writing for general and specialized periodicals. Students learn to communicate scientific facts and theories to professional and sophisticated lay readers through description, analogy, narrative, and argument. The course also discusses the technical and scholarly conventions of formal scientific writing, such as research proposals, publishing formats, and APA and CSE citation. Class readings include major humanistic essays from the history of science and articles and features from contemporary popular and scientific publications.

An elective in the Writing major’s feature and professional writing concentrations, Science Writing also serves students in communications, environmental studies, and the health and natural sciences. Accordingly, the course encourages dialogue, debate, and collaboration between aspiring journalists, creative nonfiction writers, publicists, and lobbyists and future clinicians, educators, researchers, scientists, and technicians. Its primary focus, therefore, is institutional science itself, examining its history, organization, politics, and ethics through the lenses of rhetoric and writing.

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Course prerequisites: Junior standing (sophomores welcome with permission of instructor); 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. The alternative prerequisites allow easy access to students who are not Writing majors and minors. Should you experience problems enrolling online, contact Dr. Anthony Di Renzo at  

Science Writing will not be offered again until Spring 2023. Please take advantage of this opportunity and to discover why science writing is America's fastest growing publishing field.    

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