Composition - WRIT: Spring 2018
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Composition: During autumn semester, WRIT 101 is restricted to students whose last names begin with the letters A-L. During spring semester, WRIT 101 is open to all students.
The aim of WRIT 101 is to help students become more effective writers by teaching flexible rhetorical strategies for researching and composing texts in different genres. Students must earn a C– or better in WRIT 101 as part of the general education requirements. Students can expect assignments that will ask them to inquire into different personal, academic, and civic contexts and read, analyze, and compose in different genres. We teach writing and research as processes and use portfolios to support writing development over the course of the semester.
WRIT 201 is an intermediate writing course that connects the work done in WRIT 101 to the discipline-specific writing of the general education advanced writing requirement. This course is an in–depth study of contemporary rhetoric and argumentation that draws on the classical western tradition. Both as readers and writers, students will gain a subtle, nuanced understanding of the rhetorical effects of different writing techniques as they learn to interpret and compose essays and arguments that explore a range of cultural and historical issues. While different sections of this course may highlight different themes or ideas, the major genre focus for this course is the essay. Assignments address skills and abilities in rhetorical analysis, audience awareness, voice variation, visual arguments, personal writing, and research–based argumentation. As in WRIT 101, we teach writing and research as processes and use portfolios to support writing development over the course of the semester.