Advanced Writing Courses

ENGL 300: Advanced Expository Writing

This course is designed to give upper-division undergraduates an opportunity to learn, develop, and further practice forms of academic writing such as arguments and analyses, as well as to explore forms of the essay, such as the personal essay, the literary essay, political or social commentary, etc. In an advanced course, students will receive instruction in creating voice, matching style to audience, and creating forms that accomplish rhetorical aims. Appropriate for any student in any discipline who would like to improve their writing skills.

ENGL 301: Advanced Expository Writing for the Humanities

This course is designed to give upper-division undergraduates an opportunity to learn, develop, and further practice forms of academic writing specific to a particular discipline, in this case, the humanitites. In this advanced workshop, students will first analyze central values, conventions, and discourse practices of the discipline. Then they will practice those conventions, with a particular emphasis on written and oral discourse that accomplishes rhetorical aims and on mastering disciplinary standards for format, genre, and citation.

ENGL 302: Advanced Expository Writing for the Social Sciences

This course is designed to give upper-division undergraduates an opportunity to learn, develop, and further practice forms of academic writing specific to a particular discipline, in this case, the social sciences. In this advanced workshop, students will first analyze central values, conventions, and discourse practices of the discipline. Then they will practice those conventions, with a particular emphasis on written and oral discourse that accomplishes rhetorical aims and on mastering disciplinary standards for format, genre, and citation.

ENGL 303: Advanced Exposistory Writing for the Natural Sciences

This course is designed to give upper-division undergraduates an opportunity to learn, develop, and further practice forms of academic writing specific to a particular discipline, in this case, the natural sciences. In this advanced workshop, students will first analyze central values, conventions, and discourse practices of the discipline. Then they will practice those conventions, with a particular emphasis on written and oral discourse that accomplishes rhetorical aims and on mastering disciplinary standards for format, genre, and citation.

ENGL 304: Advanced Expository Writing for Business

This course is designed to give upper-division undergraduates an opportunity to learn, develop, and further practice forms of business and professional communication. In this advanced workshop, students will first analyze central values, conventions, and discourse practices of the profession. Then they will practice those conventions, with a particular emphasis on written and oral discourse that accomplishes rhetorical aims and on mastering professional standards for format, genre, and citation.

ENGL 305: Advanced Expository Writing for Law

This course is designed to give upper-division undergraduates an opportunity to learn, develop, and further practice forms of legal communication. In this advanced workshop, students will first analyze central values, conventions, and discourse practices of the profession. Then they will practice those conventions, with a particular emphasis on written and oral discourse that accomplishes rhetorical aims and on mastering professional standards for format, genre, and citation.

ENGL 400: Advanced Composition for Teachers

Designed for prospective teachers, English 400 combines frequent writing practice with discussions of rhetorical theories and strategies for teaching writing. The course examines how linguistic and rhetorical theories apply to the teaching of writing and how teachers may evaluate student writing constructively. The course also provides information about professional resources and ways to design effective writing courses, assignments, and instructional materials. Several writing assignments give students firsthand experience with instructional techniques; a term project permits students to design a writing course, examine professional issues, or conduct original research.

ENGL 401: Advanced Composition for Elementary Teachers

English 401 introduces you to the teaching of writing and reading, especially in the elementary grades. As prospective teachers, you already know a great deal about reading and writing, teaching and learning. Your own experiences have given you some strong ideas about what a successful classroom should look and sound like and what kind of teacher you hope to become.This course will help you explore these possibilities and will expose you to new ideas-mine, your classmates', and those of other professionals.

In this course, you will gain an understanding of current composition theory, discuss the research that helps us understand how young writers and readers develop, and learn more about effective practices for improving both your own and your students' writing. Together, we will explore the nature of writing and reading as both a social practice and a cognitive process, examining how social and linguistic contexts affect the writing of individuals. Class discussions, small group activities, and individual projects will define the practical implications of this theory and research for the classroom. The course also provides opportunities for you to practice and improve your own writing.