Department of Writing and Rhetoric

O'Dowd Hall, Room 378
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2746
fax: (248) 370-2748
wrt@oakland.edu

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Featured Classes

Summer 2019

WRT 1000: Supervised Study

Tutorial instruction in areas mutually agreed upon by student and instructor such as independent or academic writing projects. May be taken concurrently with other writing and rhetoric courses (seven weeks or 14 weeks). May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Graded S/U. 

Please contact Melissa St. Pierre, stpierre@oakland.edu, for more information about this course.

WRT 1040: Critical Thinking and Reading

Analysis of main ideas and organizational patterns used in academic texts, synthesis of different passages for readers’ own purposes, and evaluation of written and digital materials, focusing on non-fiction prose. Emphasis on developing flexible reading skills for personal and professional use. 

WRT 3082: Business Writing

Instruction in the theory and practice of written, visual, and digital rhetoric within business contexts. 

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric offers a number of sections of WRT 3082. Please consult the course schedule for more information about course meeting times and locations.

Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education and knowledge applications integration area. 

Prerequisite(s): Completion of the university writing foundation requirement.

WRT 3086: Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction

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.

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.

WRT 4998: Capstone

Capstone experience developed in consultation with the instructor based on student interests and professional goals. Projects can include both internal and external internship experiences, research assistantships, or thesis projects. May be repeated once in a different setting. 

Satisfies the university general education requirement for the capstone experience. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement. 

Prerequisite(s): Declared writing major, junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor.

For more information about this course, please contact Jim Nugent, nugent@oakland.edu.

Winter 2019

WRT 2080: 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 3030: Literacy, Technology, and Civic Engagement

WRT 3030 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 Marshall Kitchens at kitchens@oakland.edu.

WRT 3062: Writing Center Studies

Peer tutoring theories and pedagogies, and practical experience in teaching. Work divided between classroom and tutoring assignments. Particularly valuable for majors in the humanities, education, psychology, human services 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.

Contact Elizabeth Allan at allan@oakland.edu for more information.

WRT 3072: 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, please contact Jim Nugent, nugent@oakland.edu.

WRT 3074: Rhetoric and Video Games

Introduction to the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of video games and gaming culture. 

For more information about this course, contact David Hammontree at hammontr@oakland.edu

WRT 3083: Editing

Theory and practice of editing within professional contexts. 

Please contact Felicia Chong for more information at fchong@oakland.edu