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

Fall 2018

WRT 2070: Writing for Digital Media

Introduction to the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of digital composition and web authoring. 

Please contact Crystal VanKooten, vankooten@oakland.edu, for more information about this course.

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. (Formerly WRT 340). 

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 Roger Chao, rogerchao@oakland.edu

WRT 3020: History of Rhetoric

Students in WRT 3020 will become familiar with selected major rhetoricians in the Western rhetorical traditions of the Classical Greek and Roman period, the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the Enlightenment and 19th century periods, and the Contemporary (modern and postmodern) period. Special attention will be given to how these rhetoricians and the schools of thought that they represent have influenced current rhetorical studies, and to the ways that key rhetorical concepts have been reinterpreted, appropriated, and adapted in different cultural contexts. We will explore how rhetoric functions in diverse professional and disciplinary contexts, including education, law, politics, medicine, religion, business, and areas of particular interest to the members of the class.

This course provides an 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 applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Allan, allan@oakland.edu.

WRT 3086: Workshop in Creative NonFiction

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. WRT 386 is offered in both online and face-to-face formats this fall. 

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. 

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric offers a number of sections of WRT 386. Please consult the course schedule for more information about course meeting times and locations.

WRT 3088: Technical Writing

An introduction to writing within technical and professional contexts. Focuses on the writing process, research methods, genres of technical writing, and professional ethics. 

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

WRT 4086: Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Advanced workshop in creative nonfiction with emphasis on writing for publication. 
Prerequisite(s): WRT 3086 or permission of instructor.

Please contact Marshall Kitchens, kitchens@oakland.edu, for more information.

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