Public and Professional Writing Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 3 requirements:

  1. PUBLIC/PROFESSIONAL WRITING FOUNDATION

    Complete 2 courses:

    ENGL 201 Introduction to Professional and Public Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENGL 280 Survey in Rhetorical Theory (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. PUBLIC/PROFESSIONAL WRITING APPLIED

    Complete 1 course from the following:

    ENWR 204 Writing for Clarity and Style (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 206 Workplace Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 207 Technical Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 208 Digital Writing: Composing with Text, Image, and Sound (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. PUBLIC/PROFESSIONAL WRITING ELECTIVES

    Complete 3 courses from the following:

    ENGL 270 Ethnographies and Autoethnographies of Writers (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 204 Writing for Clarity and Style (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 206 Workplace Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 207 Technical Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 208 Digital Writing: Composing with Text, Image, and Sound (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 250 Special Topics in Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 290 Collaboration and Coauthoring (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 301 Cooperative Education (English) 4-8
    ENWR 350 Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 371 Teaching Writing in the Public Schools (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 385 Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 400 Community Writing: Theories, Practices, and Partnerships (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENWR 491 Seminar in Writing (3 hours seminar) 3

Course Descriptions:

ENGL201: Introduction to Professional and Public Writing (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to the practices and theories of professional and public writing. Students will gain experience with a variety of writing tasks, and they will compose documents that identify or solve problems, raise readers' awareness, or help readers make decisions. Students will learn methods for analyzing situations, and for discovering and implementing strategies to meet the unique demands of each new situation and task. Students will study a range of written artifacts to gain understanding of the rhetorical challenges and strategies other writers have encountered. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ENGL270: Ethnographies and Autoethnographies of Writers (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an introduction to Writing Studies through what ethnographic researchers working in the field have discovered about writers, the writing process, and the social context in which writing occurs. At heart this research assumes that writing is social and that context is central to even such seemingly creative and individual act as writing. Through research methodologies drawn originally from anthropology and adapted by writing studies scholars, researchers seek to gather empirical evidence on the ways that writing works in diverse settings, inside and outside of school. Working from an English Studies point of view, student will interrogate ethnographies for how they further our understanding of how writers develop and the social context in which writing occurs. Students will read several book-length texts as well as selected critical articles that engage in the larger questions that these genres raise. Previous course ENWR 270 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENGL280: Survey in Rhetorical Theory (3 hours lecture)

Study of rhetoric from the classical period to the present. Students will gain a working knowledge of rhetorical terms and an understanding of major theoretical trends. The course includes examination of major primary source materials, both spoken and written, with an emphasis on the place of rhetoric in civic, political, and cultural contexts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or ENWR 204 or ENWR 205 or ENWR 206 or ENWR 220 or HONP 101.

ENWR204: Writing for Clarity and Style (3 hours lecture)

This course is dedicated to intensive, advanced work on academic, professional, and public writing. Students will develop their skills as writers through drafting and revision, peer review, and exposure to research on language practices and the writing process. Students will have the opportunity to analyze their strengths and weaknesses as writers, to develop strategies for editing and polishing, and to enhance their ability to analyze and construct arguments. The course will also provide sustained attention to achieving clarity of prose, with particular emphasis on editing, style, grammar, syntax, and mechanics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ENWR206: Workplace Writing (3 hours lecture)

This writing-intensive course focuses on the skills needed for effective communication in the workplace, with an emphasis on audience, genre, and use of technology. Students will learn how to construct persuasive proposals, executive summaries, and other professional writing documents. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR207: Technical Writing (3 hours lecture)

Writing skills essential in technology, science and industry with emphasis on mechanism and process description, analysis of data, recommendation proposals and formal reports. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR208: Digital Writing: Composing with Text, Image, and Sound (3 hours lecture)

This course explores how people write digitally, through multiple modalities and in varied contexts. Digital writers make use of all semiotic channels to communicate effectively among different groups and for different purposes, and thus students in this course will analyze and produce texts that combine alphabetic writing with audio, video, and images. Classical rhetorical principles such as kairos, invention, delivery, purpose, pathos, audience, and arrangement will provide the foundation for discussing how authors can effectively deploy messages in digital contexts. This course will balance production and analysis, with students creating and critiquing digital texts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR250: Special Topics in Writing (3 hours lecture)

A course in writing not included in the regular departmental offerings. May be used by English majors as a departmental elective. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR290: Collaboration and Coauthoring (3 hours lecture)

This course will familiarize students with theories and practices of written collaboration and coauthoring, which are essential to the work of professional writers across fields. Students will read scholarship in the fields of rhetoric and composition studies, which offers theories for how and why writers collaborate, including the ways in which they problem-solve, compose, and revise in concert. Additionally, the course will examine a series of "case study" examples of coauthored texts across genres and disciplines in order to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how coauthoring and collaborative writing function in professional contexts. Finally, students will practice these skills, drawing on the tools, theories, and models studied throughout the semester, through the development and revision of their own coauthored and collaborative writing projects. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENWR301: Cooperative Education (English)

A supervised employment experience, outside the classroom, but related to academic study in English. Not included in major requirements. 4 - 8 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENWR350: Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism (3 hours lecture)

This course exposes students to writing-as-social-action through intensive study of the topic of sexual violence against women. Students will gain a broad-based understanding of community literacy and the role of writing outside school walls in order to fully explore how writing can function as an activist tool for the prevention of sexual violence. We will read broadly on the issue of sexual violence against women-analyzing depictions of rape in popular language, exploring how rape has been discussed in feminist theory and scholarship, and researching community-based and activist responses to rape and its prevention--in order to strengthen our own literacy practices towards prevention and awareness-raising. Students will be familiar with local, national, and international agencies that work to protect women from sexual violence and advocate for rape survivors. Students will develop activist writing projects that work to serve and further these existing efforts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENGL 300, ENJR 210, ENJR 211, ENWR 250, ENWR 204, ENWR 205, ENWR 206, ENWR 207, or WMGS 201.

ENWR371: Teaching Writing in the Public Schools (3 hours lecture)

This offers students an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching writing to students in public schools (elementary, middle, and high). Students will explore all aspects of the writing process through the following activities: journaling, free-writing, drafting and revising analytical essays, peer review, and conferencing. Students will conduct research on writing issues, read foundational composition scholarship, respond to student writing, and experiment with approaches to teaching writing. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 204 or ENWR 206 or ENWR 207 or ENWR 208 or ENWR 220 or ENGL 201 or ENGL 270 or ENGL 280.

ENWR385: Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing (3 hours lecture)

This 3 credit course will introduce students to the theory and practice of individualized instruction. Students will explore three general but inter-related areas: how writers write, how they learn to write, and how to help writers revise their work. Students will read recent and historical scholarship in Writing Studies, learn how to provide useful comments on drafts of papers, original research on writers and writing, and reflect on their own experiences as writers and tutors. Students will practice these approaches in class, on line, and in the Center for Writing Excellence (CWE). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENGL 260 or ENGL 262 or ENGL 263 or ENGL 270 or ENGL 280 or ENGL 300 or ENJR 210 or ENJR 216 or ENWR 205 or ENWR 206 or ENWR 207 or ENWR 212 or ENWR 220 or ENWR 250.

ENWR400: Community Writing: Theories, Practices, and Partnerships (3 hours lecture)

This course will explore the ways in which writing exists beyond the boundaries of what we have come to know as "writing or school". As we learn about the many manifestations and purposes of writing outside of school, we will ultimately reflect on more traditional ideas about school writing in order to think about the relationships between these varied contexts. We will explore writing practices that extend beyond academic discourse alone and into alternate genres that can bring communities together and create social and political change. This writing can take on many different forms: oral history projects; community-based creative writing collections; political manifestos; grant proposals; awareness-raising pamphlets and newsletters, and more. This course will offer a foundational understanding of how writing practices develop on the community level, distinct from school-based practices, and invite and expanded notion of what it could mean to write inside-and outside- of school. We will work as researchers and program builders in order to put some of these ideas into practical shape. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENJR 315 or ENJR 317 or ENWR 301 or ENWR 371 or ENWR 385 or ENGL 384 or departmental approval.

ENWR491: Seminar in Writing (3 hours seminar)

Creative writing, expository writing or theories of the teaching of composition for the advanced student. Enrollment limited. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101; junior or senior English major.