Department of Writing and Rhetoric

O'Dowd Hall, Room 378
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2746
fax: (248) 370-2748

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Featured Classes

Fall 2020

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.

Please contact Dr. Felicita Arzu Carmichael, carmichael@oakland.edu, for more information about this course.

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): WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (C) or higher.

Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Allan (allan@oakland.edu) for more information about this course. 

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.

Please contact Dr. Roger Chao (rogerchao@oakland.edu) for more information about this course. 

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. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education.

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

Please contact Dr. Jim Nugent (nugent@oakland.edu) for more information about this course. 

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): WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (C) or higher.

Please contact Dr. Jim Nugent (nugent@oakland.edu) for more information about this course. 

WRT 3086: Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction

Creative writing workshop with emphasis on stories of real life, balancing artistry and accuracy. May include personal essay, autobiography or travel literature. 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.

Prerequisite(s): WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (C) or higher.

Please contact Dr. Marshall Kitchens (kitchens@oakland.edu) for more information about this course. 

Winter 2021

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.

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

For more information, contact Dr. Jim Nugent, nugent@oakland.edu.

WRT 2088: 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. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area: Prerequisite for knowledge applications: completion of the university writing foundation requirement. 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): 
WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (C) or higher.

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

WRT 3030: Literacy, Technology, and Civic Engagement
Exploration and application of technology in the discipline of writing and rhetoric. Examines the uneven shifts from oral to print to digital literacy, and how those shifts affect the production of knowledge, social relationships, and opportunities for civic engagement.   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):   WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (C) or higher

For more information about this course, contact Dr. Marshall Kitchens at kitchens@oakland.edu.

WRT 3060: Global Rhetorics

Traces the contemporary and historical uses of rhetoric and written communication in non-Western cultures. Examines contemporary rhetorical contexts worldwide, including in education, professional writing, and political discourse. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the global perspective knowledge exploration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both.

Prerequisite(s): WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (C) or higher

For more information, please contact Dr. David Hammontree, hammontr@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.

Prerequisite(s): 
WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (B) or higher

For more information about this course, contact Dr. Elizabeth Allan at allan@oakland.edu.

WRT 3070: Digital Identity and Culture
Examination of the rhetoric and ethics of internet technology and culture. Introduces theories of digital culture and its effects on both on-line and actual identities and communities, especially in relation to ethnicity, gender, class, physical ability, and sexual orientation. Includes individual and collaborative analysis and construction of Web projects.   Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.

Prerequisite(s):   WRT 1060 or equivalent with a grade of (C) or higher

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Roger Chao at rogerchao@oakland.edu.