Writing Course Descriptions

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice.  Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.

 

DWR 31
PARAGRAPH WRITING

(2.00 Lecture, 2.00 Lecture/Lab Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students develop skill in writing short, well-developed and well-edited paragraphs. Prerequisite: Appropriate ASSET writing score and writing sample.

 

WR 40
ENGLISH FUNDAMENTALS

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students write descriptive, narrative, and expository paragraphs and essays to improve organization, coherence, sentence control, mechanics, and usage. Students review issues of grammar and mechanics through workbook and oral practice. Prerequisite: Appropriate ASSET writing score

 

WR 115
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study a variety of rhetorical situations, the contextual appropriateness of language, the individual and collaborative nature of the writing process, and the beginning of critical inquiry. Prerequisite: WR 40 or appropriate ASSET writing score.

 

WR 121
ENGLISH COMPOSITION – EXPOSITION

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read and write essays to explore the writing process, investigate the essay form, and improve thinking, reading and writing skills. Prerequisite: WR 115 or appropriate ASSET writing score.

 

WR 122
ENGLISH COMPOSITION – ARGUMENT

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students will write essays that logically argue a thesis and effectively respond to outside texts. Throughout the course, writing will be approached as a process that includes guided discussion to generate ideas, prewriting, drafting, revision and finally careful proofreading. Assigned readings will require students to analyze, summarize, and synthesize secondary sources addressing a variety of complex issues. Prerequisite: WR 121.

 

WR 123
ENGLISH COMPOSITION - RESEARCH WRITING

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students write extended essays developed with ample and thoughtful research. After formulating a formal research question, students learn to use efficient research tools and effective search strategies to locate and evaluate print and electronic sources. Approaching writing as a process, students learn to use summary, paraphrase, analysis and synthesis to integrate secondary research into original arguments and exposition, making certain to effectively document sources to avoid plagiarism. Primary research techniques (interview, observation, survey) may also be reviewed. Prerequisite: WR 121.

 

WR 227
TECHNICAL REPORT WRITING

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students experience the types of technical writing required in the professional environment, gain proficiency in writing applicable to their employment goals, learn to ethically incorporate research into a technical document, and become familiar with the protocols of technical documentation. Prerequisite: WR 121.

 

WR 240
CREATIVE WRITING – NONFICTION

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students will explore the conventions and techniques of creative nonfiction writing: personal essay, memoir, reportage and more through a variety of formal and informal writing assignments. Beginning with Montaigne, and moving to the contemporary plethora of excellent popular nonfiction, guided discussion of assigned readings will place the genre in a historical and cultural context and illuminate elements of craft. Approaching writing as a recursive process that includes invention, drafting, revision, and finally careful proofreading, students will engage in workshop-style critique sessions of their own and other students' work. Prerequisite: WR 121 or instructor approval.

 

WR 241
CREATIVE WRITING - FICTION

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students write short stories or novel chapters and read and critique short stories written by members of the class and published authors. Prerequisite: WR 121 or instructor approval.

 

WR 242
CREATIVE WRITING - POETRY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students explore the techniques and conventions of poetry by reading and writing poetry with or without meter, rhyme, or stanzas and critique poems written by members of the class and major historic and contemporary poets. Oral presentation of published poets will encourage students to examine the origins of aesthetic traditions, placing the craft of poetry in a historical and cultural context.