Students may choose from the following Writing and Rhetoric course types, depending on their individual interests, placement statuses, and section availability.
WR 12200: Writing and Rhetoric Tutorial: Critical Reading and Writing in the Disciplines (2 credits)
Students enrolled in WR 12200 will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Writing and Rhetoric 13100, 13200, or 13300. WR 12200 helps students apply rigorous reading and writing strategies in the context of challenging courses across the disciplines. Consisting of two weekly one-on-one sessions and one weekly small-group instruction session, this course offers intensive practice analyzing disciplinary readings and writing assignments. Students will receive individual instruction on how to apply professors’ feedback, and they will learn ethical practices for citation and collaboration. Enrollment by departmental approval. Interested students can contact their First Year advisors or Prof. Nicole MacLaughlin to seek enrollment or more information about the course.
WR 12300: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric Tutorial: Critical Thinking and English Academic Writing (1 credit)
Students enrolled in WR 12300 will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Writing and Rhetoric 13100, 13200, or 13300. This course will offer strategies for successful written and verbal communication in English academic contexts. Students will learn critical thinking practices, developing their capacity for thinking like a scholar in the context of different disciplines. Consisting of one weekly one-on-one instruction session and one weekly guided small-group session, this course helps students to develop an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and to realize their potential as academic writers. Enrollment by departmental approval. Interested students can contact their First Year advisors or Prof. Nicole MacLaughlin to seek enrollment or more information about the course.
WR 13100: Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)
Writing and Rhetoric is designed to help students learn how to identify an issue amid conflicting points of view and craft an argument based on various sources of information. The course stresses the identification and analysis of potential counter-arguments and aims to develop skills for writing a research proposal, for conducting original research, and for using print and electronic resources from the library.
WR 13200: Community-Based Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)
In cooperation with the Center for Social Concerns, these sections of Writing and Rhetoric place students in learning situations in the wider community.
WR 13300: Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)
Multimedia sections of Writing and Rhetoric teach students how to make the most of a wide array of technological resources that address the challenges of composing in the 21st century.
WR 13400: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric is designed to help students continue refining the interpretive, analytical, and composing skills developed through 1) attendance in WR 13100 or 2) a qualifying AP or IB score consistent with university policies. Students will practice composing in multiple genres and modalities, conducting original and secondary research, analyzing audiences, writing claims, providing evidence, addressing alternative perspectives, and revising written materials. The course will devote special attention to writing ethical arguments grounded in rhetorical practices of truthfulness, accountability, open-mindedness, and intellectual integrity.