Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Writing


2012-2014 Catalog

Writing

Faculty and Academic Staff

Faculty
Julie Gard, Assistant Professor
Jayson Iwen, Assistant Professor
Yvonne Rutford, Assistant Professor
Deborah Schlacks, Professor
Jamie White-Farnham, Assistant Professor

Academic Staff
Deborah Faul, Senior Lecturer
Elizabeth Grbavcich, Senior Lecturer
Susie Isaksen, Senior Lecturer
John McCormick, Senior Lecturer
Heather McGrew, Senior Lecturer
Allen Shepard, Senior Lecturer

Student Learning Outcomes

Rhetorical Knowledge

  • Know foundational theories of language, rhetoric, and writing
  • Understand the contextual nature of writing
  • Identify and respond appropriately to a variety of exigencies
  • Write for various purposes and audiences in a variety of genres
  • Articulate their choices in arrangement, format, and structure in a variety of genres

Writing Process

  • Recognize that writing is a process requiring time and revision across drafts
  • Engage in all stages of the writing process from invention to publication
  • Collaborate with others during the writing process to both seek and provide feedback for revision
  • Develop personalized strategies for generating ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading

Writerly Identity

  • Express an understanding of themselves in cultural context (whether personal, local, regional, national, ethnic, global, among others) in their writing
  • Reflect on their growth as writers and integrate insights from one project into another
  • Articulate their own perspectives as writers by way of examining strengths and weaknesses
  • Produce a polished, representative portfolio of their writing for an audience that encapsulates their writerly identities

Reading and Research

  • Demonstrate critical reading of form and content that informs their writing
  • Use reading and writing for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating new understandings
  • Integrate their own ideas with the ideas of others, appropriately "joining the conversation" of a given topic
  • Understand and apply the conventions of citation and documentation

Knowledge of Conventions

  • Understand the rhetorical implications of the use and manipulation of conventions of standard written English
  • Build on their knowledge of conventions through experimentation and practice
  • Articulate their choices in tone, diction, and the use or manipulation of conventions
  • Seek out models of conventions in reference books and other resources
  • Identify patterns of error and self-correct using personalized strategies

Writing Program Description

The Writing Program, housed in the Department of Writing, and Library Science, offers a wide variety of courses in creative, professional, and academic writing. These courses range from introductory to upper-level writing courses, including the core writing courses WRIT 101 College Writing I and WRIT 102 College Writing II. We serve students of every major in the introductory courses as well as provide writing courses that serve specific populations of students, such as business majors and social work majors. In addition, we strongly encourage students in any major to take our courses as electives and to consider choosing a minor in writing. Our faculty and staff include many practicing and published writers and scholars.

Any student can benefit from taking writing courses. Writing is fundamental to a liberal arts education, and proven writing ability is one of the most valuable assets a graduate can have. Students who practice writing are able to more effectively respond to the writing assignments required in their courses. Employers frequently consider writing ability and expertise when hiring. Argumentation and persuasion of specific audiences are fundamental abilities required of informed citizens. Further, the study and practice of writing in its various forms provide an excellent opportunity for creative expression. Finally, the study of language, rhetoric, and writing helps students to become better critical thinkers and more informed consumers. For more information about specific courses, see Writing (WRIT) in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Minor in Writing: Students in any major may choose a writing minor to complement the coursework in their major. This includes all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors. Students in comprehensive majors may add a writing minor, and students in the teacher certification majors may add a writing minor in addition to their required, teachable minors.

Writing Minor Requirements

21 total credits

Excellent employment opportunities exist for students who combine a writing minor with any major, since writing is required in most professions. For instance, a business administration major may minor in writing, and so may a biology, history, or English major. Note that our minor has been updated with new courses and some changes in requirements.

Writing required courses (3 credits required):

WRIT 215 Writer's Craft: Poetry and Drama -- 3 credits
WRIT 216 Writer's Craft: Fiction -- 3 credits

No courses that are also fulfilling General Education requirements can be used to satisfy this requirement.

200-level Writing required courses (3 credits required):

WRIT 209 Business and Professional Writing -- 3 credits
WRIT 250 Intro to Creative Writing -- 3 credits
WRIT 251 Creative Writing: Memoir -- 3 credits
WRIT 252 Creative Writing: Poetry -- 3 credits
WRIT 253 Creative Writing: Fiction -- 3 credits
WRIT 255 Gender and Sexuality in Writing -- 3 credits
WRIT 265 Writing Center Internship -- 1 credit (may be repeated)

300- or 400-level Writing required courses (9 credits required):

WRIT 301 Writing Creative Nonfiction -- 3 credits
WRIT 308 Nature Writing -- 3 credits
WRIT/WST 325 Writing Women, Women Writing -- 3 credits
WRIT 350 Advanced Creative Writing -- 3 credits
WRIT 401 The Art of Persuasive Writing -- 3 credits
WRIT 470 Special Topics in Writing -- 3 credits

Language and/or Rhetoric required course (3 credits required):

WRIT 303 Introduction to Rhetoric -- 3 credits
WRIT 307 English Grammar -- 3 credits
WRIT 450 Special Topics in Rhetoric -- 3 credits

Writing (WRIT) course above 300 (3 credits required)


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