Department of Writing and Rhetoric
O'Dowd Hall, Room 378
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Featured Classes

Fall 2016

WRT 320: Peer Tutoring in Composition

This class introduces students to the theories and pedagogies of peer tutoring in writing. Students learn effective methods for peer tutoring through practical experiences with in-class tutoring, observations, and participation in peer tutoring sessions. The work of this class is divided between classroom and practical assignments. This class is particularly valuable for majors in the humanities, education, psychology, human services, writing and rhetoric, and related fields. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Allan, allan@oakland.edu.

WRT 332: Rhetoric of Web Design

An intermediate course in the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of web design. Applies the rhetorical principles and research methods learned in the prerequisite courses to the effective production of web documents.

For more information, contact Jim Nugent, nugent@oakland.edu

WRT 333: Editing

WRT 333 will provide students with a background in both the theory and practice of editing within professional contexts through three kinds of learning opportunities: 1). Critical knowledge in five areas important to editorial practice: application of rhetorical theories to editing (with particular emphasis upon theories of style and genre), ethical and legal aspects of editing, social and organizational factors in editing, and editing visual and design elements of documents; 2). Practical knowledge of skills and tools needed by editors; and 3). Experience in applying these principles, tools, and observations of editing in exercises with sample documents and a client project. This course is particularly valuable for majors in writing and rhetoric, journalism, public relations, English, education, and related fields. For more information, please contact Felicia Chong, fchong@oakland.edu.

WRT 340: Contemporary Issues in Writing and Rhetoric

Introduction to important past and present issues in the field of writing and rhetoric. Provides a theoretical and historical foundation for understanding current issues, changes, and challenges for the discipline.  For more information, please contact Lori Ostergaard, ostergaa@oakland.edu.

WRT 342: Rhetorical Studies

Students in WRT 342 will become familiar with selected major rhetoricians in the Western rhetorical traditions of the Classical Greek and Roman period, the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the Enlightenment and 19th century periods, and the Contemporary (modern and postmodern) period. Special attention will be given to how these rhetoricians and the schools of thought that they represent have influenced current rhetorical studies, and to the ways that key rhetorical concepts have been reinterpreted, appropriated, and adapted in different cultural contexts. We will explore how rhetoric functions in diverse professional and disciplinary contexts, including education, law, politics, medicine, religion, business, and areas of particular interest to the members of the class.

This course provides an examination of major Western rhetoricians and their cultural contexts. Considers the classical roots of modern rhetoric and the influences of rhetoric in other disciplines. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Allan, allan@oakland.edu.

WRT 350: Community Service Writing

This course introduces the theories and practice of community literacy, service learning and civic engagement. Students in this course will focus on the development of writing skills applicable in community service contexts. Specifically, students will establish a framework for an ethical and reciprocal literacy community to be applied when working with K–8 students in the after school program at the Baldwin Center in Pontiac, Michigan. Major assignments will be project-based (teacher research, cases studies, critical reflections, etc.) and developed in conjunction with the needs and wants of the Baldwin Center students and staff.  This course emphasizes advanced writing experience for majors in writing, education, and communication as well as other social sciences. WRT 350 meets Wednesdays, 4:00–7:20 p.m.

For more information about this class, please contact Jill Chrobak, chrobak@oakland.edu.

WRT 381: Science Writing

Students will learn to write to diverse audiences about medical, scientific and technological subjects within a variety of persuasive contexts. We will not only analyze essays, news and journal articles, but also produce informational materials in print and digital formats. Students will be able to follow or develop their own interests during the course so no prior scientific background/knowledge is necessary. This course satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. For more information, please contact Josephine Walwema, walwema@oakland.edu

WRT 386: Workshop in Creative Nonfiction

This creative writing workshop emphasizes stories of real life, balancing artistry and accuracy. Our creative non-fiction faculty lead students through the composition of a variety of non-fiction genres including personal essay, autobiography, researched narratives, blogs, and travel literature. Some instructors also aid students in the creation of non-fiction digital stories and autobiographies. WRT 386 is offered in both online and face-to-face formats this fall. This course satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. It also satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. The Department of Writing and Rhetoric offers a number of sections of WRT 386. Please consult the course schedule for more information about course meeting times and locations.

Winter 2017

WRT 232: introduction to Writing for Digital Media

WRT 232 provides an introduction to the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of web authoring. Examines the rhetorical roles of ethos, logos, and pathos in the construction of online identities; basic theoretical arguments around the construction of identity and community in online contexts; and ethical and stylistic issues surrounding web authorship.  For more information about this class, please contact Crystal VanKooten, vankooten@oakland.edu.

WRT 305: Advanced Writing (Persuasion)

Students will read and write about and within increasingly complex rhetorical situations within chosen themes. Themes provide opportunity to explore new and emerging genres and contexts for writing, while gaining insight and experience with the importance of writing for various parts of society.

For more information, please contact Greg Giberson, giberso2@oakland.edu.

WRT 331: Introduction to Professional Writing

Introduction to the field of professional writing. Examines the theories, practices, technologies, and ethics of professional writing in the workplace.  For more information, contact Josie Walwema, walwema@oakland.edu..

WRT 334: Rhetoric and Video Game Culture

This course provides an introduction to the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic and technical principles of video games and gaming culture. For more information about this class, please contact Marshall Kitchens, kitchens@oakland.edu.

WRT 386: Workshop in Creative Nonfiction

This creative writing workshop emphasizes stories of real life, balancing artistry and accuracy. Our creative non-fiction faculty lead students through the composition of a variety of nonfiction genres including personal essay, autobiography, researched narratives, blogs, and travel literature. Some instructors also aid students in the creation of non-fiction digital stories and autobiographies. WRT 386 is offered in both online and face-to-face formats this fall. This course satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. It also satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. The Department of Writing and Rhetoric offers a number of sections of WRT 386. Please consult the course schedule for more information about course meeting times and locations.