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.

Fall 2019

WRT 2060: Introduction to Writing Studies

Survey of composition-rhetoric as an academic discipline, including an examination of the history, theory, research, curricula, and practices associated with composition-rhetoric in the university. 

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

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

WRT 3010: 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. 

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. 

For more information about this class, please contact Dr. Betsy Allan at allan@oakland.edu.

WRT 3020: History of Rhetoric

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 application integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the university writing foundation requirement.

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

WRT 3063: Writing with the Community

Focus on the development of writing skills applicable in a community service context, including writing a variety of genres and applying academic research skills to community issues and problems. Community service work required through local agencies or student-initiated organizational contact.
 
Prerequisite(s): Completion of the university writing foundation requirement.

For more information, please contact Dr. Roger Chao, rogerchao@oakland.edu.

WRT 3081: Science Writing

Writing to diverse audiences about scientific and technological subjects for a variety of persuasive contexts. 

Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education. Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.

For more information about this course, contact Dr. Josephine Walwema at walwema@oakland.edu.

WRT 4908: Special Topics - Document Design

Theory and practice of designing documents within professional contexts. 

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Felicia Chong at fchong@oakland.edu.