Writing and Library Science

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Department of Writing and Library Science supports the University of Wisconsin Superior's liberal arts mission by promoting literacy across disciplines. In doing so, the Department refines skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking (both critical and creative) for both native and non-native speakers of English. Moreover, the Department develops in its students, skills in accessing, processing, creating, evaluating, and sharing print and non-print media including today's technologies.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Faculty

Ella Cross, Associate Professor
Julie Gard, Assistant Professor
Jayson Iwen, Assistant Professor
Laura Jacobs, Associate Professor
Kristen Lindquist, Assistant Professor
Yvonne Rutford, Assistant Professor
Deborah Schlacks, Professor
Yunhong Tu, Assistant Professor
Jamie White-Farnham, Assistant Professor

Academic Staff

Deborah Faul, Senior Lecturer
Elizabeth Grbavcich, Senior Lecturer
Susie Isaksen, Senior Lecturer
Elizabeth Maeshima, Lecturer
John McCormick, Senior Lecturer
Heather McGrew, Senior Lecturer

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Course Descriptions Top of Page

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ESL - English as a Second Language
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ESL 131Reading Academic Texts3.00
Academic reading and vocabulary development for advanced-level ESL students. Texts include adapted and unadapted textbook chapters and magazine and journal articles. Open only to those non-native English speakers who are required to take the UW-Superior ESL Placement Test or with instructor permission.
ESL 132Writing for Academic Purposes3.00
English composition for academic purposes, with emphasis on essays and summaries. Includes critical reading, rhetorical approaches to a topic, writing processes, organization of content, re-writing and editing. Students must earn a C- or better in the course and the approval of the Writing Coordinator to be placed in the next appropriate course in the College Writing sequence. Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.
ESL 133Listening to Academic English2.00
Structured practice in listening and note-taking using university lectures, and a variety of other academic presentations. Focuses on lecture organization, language cues and academic vocabulary. Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.
ESL 134Speaking for Academic Purposes2.00
Guided practice in developing elements of clear speech for advanced-level ESL students. Emphasis on discussion skills and effective individual and group presentations. Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.
 
LIBS - Library Science
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
LIBS 189Library Science Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LIBS 289Library Science Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LIBS 303Information Resources and Services3.00
Principles and philosophies of library reference service, information literacy, reading, listening and viewing guidance, and information resources with special emphasis on the Application of Wisconsin Model Academic Standards within the school library media center. Knowledge and use of major reference resources as well as discussions of strategies for effective information services.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LIBS 307Selecting and Organizing Library Resources3.00
Develops the ability to build and maintain resource collections by studying the principles and practices of selection, acquisition, and evaluation for resources to support the library's goals. Includes the study and application of standardized procedures for classifying and cataloging resources and maintaining electronics systems of collections.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LIBS 309Information Literacy Leadership3.00
Introduction to information literacy program development in a range of libraries. Examines leadership roles as they relate to information literacy and the collaborative teaching responsibility of librarians.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LIBS 310Young Adult Literature3.00
Examination of the range of print and mediated literature available to young adults. Criteria for evaluation, selection, and guidance in use to meet both student and curriculum uses are discussed. An appreciation for the literature is developed through experiences in reading, viewing, and classroom reporting.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LIBS 325Administration of Library Media Programs3.00
Introduction to administration of library/media programs with emphasis on leadership in the library/media program, the school, and the broader community of the library/media program and the library/media specialist profession. Examines the state and national guidelines appropriate to library/ media programs.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
LIBS 389Library Science Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LIBS 406Children's Literature3.00
Study of the various types of fiction and nonfiction literatures published for, used with, or selected by children birth to age 12. Emphasis is on using children's literature across the content area with best practice instruction. Includes the selection, evaluation, appreciation, and use of children's literature and related media. Explores methods to help develop a child's interest in reading and ability to appreciate quality children's literature.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
LIBS 435Technology for Teaching and Learning3.00
Effective use of technology with students and faculty to facilitate teaching and learning. Educational media selection, design, production, and instructional delivery to meet Wisconsin and Minnesota information and technology literacy standards. Management and planning concepts for technology in schools and libraries.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LIBS 450Topics in Library Science1.00 - 3.00
Concentrated study of current special or advanced topics/issues in librarianship. Topics are selected by library faculty based upon student/library community interest. Course may be repeated when topics are different. Summer only.
LIBS 485Library Practice1.00 - 3.00
Supervised practice in library situations providing opportunity for practical application of library principles. Primarily for those in non-teaching areas. Requires consent of the instructor. (N.B. For prospective teachers the practicum in school library media centers is included in the student teacher's professional sequence.)
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
LIBS 489Library Science Elective0.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LIBS 499Directed Studies In Librarianship1.00 - 3.00
Individualized study of a particular area or problem in librarianship. Topic selected requires approval of the instructor within the program who will be directing the study. May be taken in several units providing a different topic is taken each time.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
 
WRIT - Writing
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
WRIT 099Fundamentals of Writing2.00
Fundamentals of academic writing: active reading strategies, writing processes, revision, audience awareness, full development of ideas, adherence to rules of standard edited English. Credits in this course cannot be used to fulfill General Education requirements, graduation requirements, or the requirements of a major or minor. Credits count for transcript only. Students musts pass with a C- or better to move on to WRIT 101.
Prerequisites:
Placement based on score of ACT English or SAT verbal or Wisconsin English Placement Test; or approval of the Writing Coordinator for students taking ESL 132.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT 101College Writing I3.00
Reading, response, and creation of personal, public, professional, and academic discourses. Emphasis on writing process. Students must pass with a C- or better to move on to WRIT 102.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
English
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 099 with a grade of C- or better; or qualifying score on ACT English or SAT verbal or Wisconsin English Placement Test; or approval of Writing Coordinator for students taking ESL 132.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT 102College Writing II3.00
Critical reading, research, and writing academic arguments. Emphasis on documentation and citation. Students must pass with a C- or better to complete the College Writing Sequence.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
English
Prerequisites:
Completion of WRIT 101 with a C- or better or qualifying score on ACT English or SAT Verbal or WEPT or AP Lit and Comp or AP Language and Comp test; or approval of Writing Coordinator for students taking ESL 132.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
WRIT 189Writing Elective0.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
WRIT 208Journaling for Study Away Students1.00
The practice of journaling during study away. Students read and think about the journaling of other travelers from many time periods and cultures and keep their own journals that center on their lived experience and their developing understanding of such phenomena as culture shock, intercultural sensitivity, communication complications, and reverse culture shock. Online format. Students must complete this course during their semester away or during the first semester of their academic year away.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT 209Business and Professional Writing3.00
Foundations of business, professional, and technical communication, primarily in writing but including oral and nonverbal forms. Emphasizes the rhetorical situations, languages, and cultural environments of domestic and international business, of the helping professions, and of technical/professional interests.
Prerequisites:
Completion of WRIT 102 and COMM 110 with a grade of C- or better.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT 215The Writer's Craft: Poetry and Drama3.00
The study of poems and plays, with emphasis on form and technique, increases awareness and appreciation of available subjects and strategies developed by writers over time.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Fine Arts Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WRIT 216The Writer's Craft: Fiction3.00
The study of short stories and novels, with emphasis on form and technique, increases awareness and appreciation of available subjects and strategies developed by writers over time.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Fine Arts Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WRIT 250Introduction to Creative Writing3.00
Introductory creative writing course in which students develop their ability to write in a variety of genres. Study of contemporary works in genres including literary prose, poetry, and drama; composition in genres including literary prose, poetry, and drama; development of a writing process and writerly identity; workshop critiques of student writing.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT 251Creative Writing: Memoir3.00
Introductory creative writing course in which students develop their ability to write autobiographical essays. Study of exemplary contemporary texts; composition of brief memoirs; workshop critiques of student writing.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WRIT 252Creative Writing: Poetry3.00
Introductory creative writing course in which students develop their ability to write poetry. Study of exemplary contemporary texts; composition of poems in both free verse and traditional forms; workshop critiques of student writing.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WRIT 253Creative Writing: Fiction3.00
Introductory creative writing course in which students develop their ability to write short fiction. Study of exemplary contemporary texts; composition of short fiction; workshop critiques of student writing.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WRIT 255Gender and Sexuality in Writing3.00
Explores writing on gender and sexuality with a focus on texts by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) and allied writers from diverse cultures, classes, races, and ethnicities. Students discover and deepen their own perspectives through writing and reading. Students of all genders and gender identities are welcome. Cross listed as WRIT/GST 255.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
WRIT 265Writing Center Internship1.00
Training for and supervised practice of one-to-one instruction as writing consultants at the University Writing Center. Report writing and data analysis.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
WRIT 270Contemporary Topics in Writing3.00
Studies in writing. Can be repeated for credit with different topics.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Fine Arts Aesthetic Experience
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WRIT 289Writing Elective0.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
WRIT 298Prior Learning Portfolio Development1.00
Facilitation of students' creation of portfolios that document prior learning. Reflection and analysis of prior learning experiences to articulate knowledge, understanding, and skills that may meet college-level learning outcomes. Designed for students with significant work and life experiences. Course requires instructor permission. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
WRIT 301Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction3.00
Advanced creative writing course in which students study and create works of creative nonfiction. Emphasis on the writing process and writers' workshops. By the end of this course, students should have a solid understanding of the specific characteristics of CNF, and awareness of their own creative process, and a completed body of written work that demonstrates the skills acquired in the course.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 250 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
WRIT 303Introduction to Rhetoric3.00
Introduction to the field of rhetoric, including discussion of ancient and contemporary theories and practices.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WRIT 307English Grammar3.00
Introductory linguistic explanation and analysis of the traditional and the transformational generative models of English grammar.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WRIT 308Nature Writing3.00
Study of exemplary contemporary and/or classic works of nature writing. Writing of essays related to nature, science, and/or the environment. Research and writing in areas of student interest.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WRIT 325Writing Women, Women Writing3.00
Women's non-fiction writing from a variety of time periods and cultures as models for the students' own writing projects. Cross-listed as ENGL/GST 325.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WRIT 348Women's Autobiography3.00
Study of contemporary and/or classic works of women's autobiography. Writing of autobiographical and analytic essays related to gender by both female and male students. Study of theoretical perspectives on gender and autobiography. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 or WRIT 102 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed as WRIT/WST 348.
General Education Requirements (2016-17 and Prior Catalogs):
Diversity
Prerequisites:
ENGL 102 is a prerequisite
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
WRIT 350Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction3.00
Advanced creative writing course in which students further develop their ability to write fiction. Study of contemporary works of fiction; examination of and practice in elements of craft; composition of fiction (drafts and revisions); further development of a writing process and writerly identity; workshop critiques of student writing.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 250 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WRIT 352Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry3.00
Advanced creative writing course in which students further develop their ability to write poetry. Study of contemporary works of poetry; examination of and practice in elements of poetic craft; composition of poetry (drafts and revisions); further development of a writing process and writerly identity; workshop critiques of student writing.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 250.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
WRIT 353Advanced Creative Writing: Cross-genre3.00
Advanced creative writing course in which students study, practice, and invent techniques that bridge conventional generic boundaries and explore new approaches to literary production. Study of works in hybrid genres including, but not limited to, mashups, multi-media writing, slipstream fiction, prose poetry, and lyrical nonfiction; composition in forms and genres of the students' invention; development of a writing process and writerly identity; workshop critiques of student writing.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 250 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
WRIT 389Writing Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
WRIT 401Art of Persuasive Writing3.00
Study of persuasive writing. Students learn classical and contemporary approaches to the arts of persuasion and apply them in reading and writing contemporary discourse.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 303 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WRIT 450Special Topics in Rhetoric1.00 - 6.00
Studies in language, rhetoric, or poetics. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
WRIT 470Special Topics in Writing1.00 - 6.00
Studies in writing. Can be repeated for credit with different topics.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
WRIT 480Writing and Healing3.00
Exploration of theoretical and applied aspects of writing and healing. Forms studied and practiced may include poetry, story-telling, journaling, guided autobiography, and/or creative nonfiction, with focus on restorative benefits of narrative and imagistic writing.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
WRIT 489Writing Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
WRIT 490Capstone: The Writer's Portfolio3.00
Course in which students explore career options in writing through readings, discussion, and independent research and create an online portfolio of creative, academic, and/or professional writing accompanied by critical reflection. Public presentation of written work is required. The capstone is required for writing majors, optional for writing minors, and must be taken within the last 9 credits of the major and the last 6 credits of the minor.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 250, capstone must be taken within the last 9 credits of the major and the last 6 credits of the minor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
WRIT 498Independent Study1.00 - 6.00
Advanced study for students who have shown themselves capable of independent work, carried on under direction of a staff member chosen by the student with approval of the department chair. Can be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

Writing and Library Science Department Contact Information Top of Page

Writing and Library Science Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Swenson Hall 3061
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8195
Email: infowls@uwsuper.edu