2019-2020 Catalog

WRD 201 The Art of Essay Writing

This course provides students with opportunities to develop and practice the skills and habits that are foundational to academic writing and with knowledge of how to adapt these skills and habits for the varied writing demands students will encounter in college.  This course fulfills (when passed with a grade of "C" or better) the college's First Stage Writing Proficiency Requirement (and in some cases, the Second Stage Writing Proficiency Requirement), and it is also appropriate for students in various disciplines seeking to develop their writing, argument, analytic, and communication skills.  All sections of this course focus on developing complex writing, analytical, and research skills for various audiences, disciplines, and genres.  May be repeated to fulfill both the First and Second Stage Writing Requirements.

Writing, Rhetoric, and Formal Poetry

This section will focus on the relationship between poetry and rhetoric--more specifically, how form shapes understanding and is used to construct different types of rhetorical argument.  We will study a variety of texts including poems, critical essays, biography, and literary and rhetorical theory.

Writing and the Rhetoric of Independent Film

This section will explore American independent film as an important art movement and alternative to traditional Hollywood film making. We will study a select group of mostly recent works (2006-present) including those by the most noteworthy "mumblecore" writers/directors.  

Writing, Gender, and Sexuality

This section will explore gender and sexuality in our contemporary American context. Drawing on readings from pop culture, critical theory, current events, and literature, we will examine how gender and sexuality are constructed, theorized, and represented, and how they intersect with other areas of identity including race and class.

Wanderlust Writing and Rhetoric
This section will explore the writing and rhetoric of wandering and adventure, from pre-modern adventure stories to the present-day #wanderlust as a synonym for free-spiritedness and Instagram humblebrags; our texts will be drawn primarily from literature, pop culture, and critical theory.

Protest Writing and Rhetoric

This section will examine the rhetoric, ideology, and context of protest genres, including social movements, speeches, literature, and visual texts, as we consider how writers, artists, and activists protest issues relating to race- and class-based oppression, gender inequity, ableism, colonialism, homophobia and heterosexism, and other concerns.

Writing on Travel

This section will examine travelers' tales ranging from pilgrimages, the Grand Tour, island vacations, luxury cruises, and scientific expeditions,  analyzing them from anthropological and post-modern critical perspectives, all while exploring images and texts from the 1700's to the present.


4 units


Not open to first-year students