2017-2018 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 Requirement (and in some cases, the Second Stage Writing 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 Poetics
This section will focus on the relationship between rhetoric and poetics -- more specifically, how poetic devices and arrangement work together with figurative language to create meaning and construct different forms of rhetorical argument; we will be studying a variety of texts including poems, critical essays, biography, and literary and rhetorical theory.

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


4 units


Not open to first-year students.