Department of Writing and Linguistics

The Department of Writing and Linguistics strives to produce graduates who understand the art and science of language and writing. Grounded in Creative Writing, Linguistics, Professional and Technical Writing, plus Writing Studies and Rhetoric courses that combine the theoretical with the experiential, the program's goal is the reflective writer, with knowledge of various genres, writing and language processes, digital literacies, and writing technologies. Through capstone courses and publishing, research, internship, and community activities for its students, the major supports the University's mission to link "theory with practice," to "extend the learning environment beyond the classroom," and to "promote student growth and life success." In addition, with its emphasis on small class sizes and individualized development necessary for transformative education with significant concomitant positive impact on student learning, the B.A. in Writing and Linguistics is an excellent manifestation of the University’s emphasis on “large-scale, small feel.”

Students with the B.A. in Writing and Linguistics will display the ability to understand language as a complex/dynamic/adaptive system of communication shaped by biology, cognition, culture, rhetorical situation, and sociological forces.  Given this overarching scope, program graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss fundamental concepts in the study of writing and linguistics, including the ability to:
    1. identify current issues, trends, and organizations in writing and linguistics.
    2. define terms, themes, and genres common to the study of writing and languages.
    3. identify and analyze the structure and the inner workings of writing and language in published works of different genres.
  2. Critically select and apply appropriate theoretical, methodological, and/or technical tools that include the ability to:
    1. explain the role of audience, purpose, and rhetorical strategy in writing.
    2. use design principles and tools (including research and elements of form) to heighten a document's impact.
    3. produce a written, creative, or visual product that applies theories of writing and language and that synthesizes knowledge and skills in writing and linguistics.
  3. Examine the processes common to the study of writing and linguistics, including the ability to:
    1. interact with the cognitive, social, and affective factors which shape writing tasks and language processes.
    2. employ techniques for generating ideas, writing, researching, and revising.
    3. synthesize information from multiple sources.
  4. Practice the assessment of writing that includes the ability to:
    1. critically and constructively evaluate one's own writing.
    2. critically and constructively evaluate the writing of others.

Writing and Linguistics Major

Writing and Linguistics Concentrations

ENGL   0099A   Communication Skills

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to help students develop language skills necessary for entering regular college courses. Emphasizes grammar and punctuation, essays and other forms of written expression, oral participation, and reading proficiency. Because the course is developmental, a student may exit at the end of any semester by passing the course and achieving a satisfactory score on the exit examination. Audit or institutional credit only.

ENGL   0099B   Communication Skills

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to help students develop language skills necessary for entering regular college courses. Emphasizes grammar and punctuation, essays and other forms of written expression, oral participation, and reading proficiency. Because the course is developmental, a student may exit at the end of any semester by passing the course and achieving a satisfactory score on the exit examination. Audit or institutional credit only.

ENGL   0099C   Communication Skills

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to help students develop language skills necessary for entering regular college courses. Emphasizes grammar and punctuation, essays and other forms of written expression, oral participation, and reading proficiency. Because the course is developmental, a student may exit at the end of any semester by passing the course and achieving a satisfactory score on the exit examination. Audit or institutional credit only.

ENGL   0999   Support for English Composition

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

ENGL   0999 is a corequisite support course that provides skills and additional instruction for concepts covered in ENGL   1101. The course focuses on students’ composition deficiencies and provides instruction on composition skill development, grammar and usage, MLA style, and critical reading. Students will be placed in ENGL   0999 based on their English Placement Index (EPI) score. Audit or institutional credit only.

Corequisite(s): ENGL   1101.

ENGL   1101   Composition I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills.

Cross Listing(s): ENGL   1101H, WRIT   1101.

ENGL   1101H   Composition I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and also including introductory use of a variety of research skills.

Cross Listing(s): ENGL   1101, WRIT   1101.

ENGL   1102   Composition II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A composition course that develops writing skills beyond the proficiency required by ENGL   1101, emphasizing interpretation and evaluation, and incorporating a variety of more advanced research methods.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): ENGL   1102H, ENGL   1102S.

ENGL   1102H   Composition II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A composition course that develops writing skills beyond the proficiency required by ENGL   1101, emphasizing interpretation and evaluation, and incorporating a variety of more advanced research methods.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): ENGL   1102, ENGL   1102S.

ENGL   1102S   Composition II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A composition course that develops writing skills beyond the proficiency required by ENGL   1101, emphasizing interpretation and evaluation, and incorporating a variety of more advanced research methods.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): ENGL   1102, ENGL   1102H.

ESL   0090A   Reading and Writing I

4 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A beginning level reading and writing class for non-native speakers of English.

ESL   0090B   Listening and Speaking I

4 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A beginning level class designed to help non-native speakers of English develop communication skills through a variety of listening and speaking activities.

ESL   0090C   Grammar I

4 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A basic structure class for beginning non-native speakers of English.

ESL   0090D   Computer I

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

A class designed to help beginning non-native speakers of English students learn how to use the computer as a way of improving their language skills.

ESL   0090E   U. S. Culture I

3 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the customs, behaviors, and attitudes most prevalent in US society, including experiential learning through field trips.

ESL   0091A   Reading and Writing II

4 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An intermediate reading and writing class for non-native speakers of English.

ESL   0091B   Listening and Speaking II

4 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An intermediate level class designed to help non-native speakers of English develop communication skills through a variety of listening and speaking activities.

ESL   0091C   Grammar II

4 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An intermediate structure class for non-native speakers of English.

ESL   0091D   Computer II

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

An intermediate class designed to help non-native speakers of English learn how to use the computer as a way of improving their language skills.

ESL   0091E   U. S. Culture II

3 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An intermediate course on the customs, behaviors, and attitudes most prevalent in US society, including experiential learning through field trips.

ESL   0092A   Reading and Writing III

4 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An advanced level reading and writing class for non-native speakers of English.

ESL   0092B   Listening and Speaking III

4 Credit Hours.   6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An advanced level class designed to help non-native speakers of English develop communication skills through a variety of listening and speaking activities.

ESL   0092C   Grammar III

4 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An advanced structure class for non-native speakers of English.

ESL   0092D   Computer III

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

An advanced class designed to help non-native speakers of English learn how to use the computer as a way of improving their language skills.

ESL   0092E   U. S. Culture III

3 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth course on the customs, behaviors, and attitudes most prevalent in US society, including experiential learning through field trips.

ESL   0093   English for Academic Purposes I

6 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

An intensive course designed for students whose native language is not English. Includes listening and speaking skills, reading comprehension, with an emphasis on vocabulary development, basic grammar review, and writing clear, logical, well-structured essays. Students may be required to pass this course before they are recommended to enter WRIT   0095 or ENGL   1101, depending on their proficiency.

Prerequisite(s): Placement dependent upon successful score on Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and a writing example.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   0093.

ESL   0094   English for Academics I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to provide students whose native language is not English with a foundation in reading and writing in English in an academic environment. It emphasizes understanding and producing Western rhetoric through vocabulary development, critical reading, and the writing of several papers, including summary, argument, and writing with sources.

Prerequisite(s): Placement dependent upon score on International SOAR placement testing and/or Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency.

ESL   0095   English for Academic Purposes II

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to provide students whose native language is not English with a foundation in listening to and speaking in English in an academic environment. It emphasizes improving oral communication skills through vocabulary development, listening to different types of academic communications from lecture to group discussions, note-taking in English, participating in whole class and small group discussions of academic research, and giving formal research-supported presentations.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ESL 0092 and placement dependent upon score on International SOAR placement testing and/or Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   0095.

LING   2090   Selected Topics in Writing and Linguistics

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to one or more topics preliminary to study of more specialized areas of Writing and Linguistics.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   2090, WRIT   2090S.

LING   2430   Essential Grammar for Successful Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers review and reinforcement of grammar, punctuation, and rules of writing used in both academics and the professions. Challenges students to learn grammar and punctuation well enough that they feel confident with their language skills. Emphasizes paragraph and essay-level writing through drafting, revision, and editing.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   2430.

LING   3030   Selected Topics in Linguistics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of linguistics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): LING   3030S.

LING   3030S   Selected Topics in Linguistics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of Linguistics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): LING   3030.

LING   3031   Phonology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth introduction to sounds and sound structures within formal grammar. Relation of basic units of sound structure to major components of linguistics including syntax, morphology, and semantics. Reading and discussion of trends in phonological theory, including nonlinear phonology and current optimality approaches.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

LING   3032   Syntax

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A broad introduction to syntactic theory within historical and contemporary approaches to language and linguistic representation. Exploration of language as a systematic structure drawing on the Generative Transformational models complemented by the Minimalist paradigm.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

LING   3337   Language, Power, Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth investigation of the role of language in national and international power structures. Comparative evaluation of language in social organization of politics, economic policy and law as aggregated by race, culture, ethnicity, class, group ideology and gender. Emphasis on social policy management and minority/linguistic rights.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ANTH   3337 and POLS   3337.

LING   3338   Language and Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A critical examination of language as a problem-solving device and tool for understanding argument and legal contestation. Delineation of individual rights, institutional authority and legal jurisdiction with emphasis on language and legal power. Analysis of the sociology of language and law within the concepts of human rights and socio-political entitlements.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   3338.

LING   3533   Introduction to Language

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A general introduction to the nature and structure of language and its role in society.

Cross Listing(s): FORL   3533.

LING   3534   Psychology of Language

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction focusing on the psychological mechanisms underlying the acquisition and use of language from cognitive and social psychological perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PSYC   1101 or LING   3533 or LING   3630.

Cross Listing(s): PSYC   3534.

LING   3630   Language and Linguistic Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Critical overview, examination and evaluation of influential theories in linguistics and their insight on language. Application of basic principles of linguistic theorizing to issues of language structure and understanding.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

LING   4133   Gullah and Geechee Language and Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to the culture, language, folklore, traditional stories, and creative output of the Gullah and Geechee people in Georgia and South Carolina through readings, lectures, films, and hands-on experiences.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): AAST   4133 and ANTH 4133.

LING   4333   Semantics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on language analysis applied to practical problems of communication in contemporary society.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): LING   4333S and COMS   4333.

LING   4333S   Semantics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on language analysis applied to practical problems of communication in contemporary society.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): LING   4333, COMS   4333.

LING   5130   Modern English Grammar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the system of rules of word formation and sentence construction that we unconsciously employ in our daily use of the English language. Undergraduate.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): LING   5130G, WRIT   5130, WRIT   5130G.

LING   5330   History of English Language

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the English language from linguistic, social, and historical perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): LING   5330G, ANTH   5330, ANTH   5530G, WRIT   5330, WRIT   5330G.

LING   5530   Sociolinguistics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The principles and methods used to study language as a sociocultural phenomenon. These are examined both from the linguistic viewpoint and the social scientific viewpoint.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH   1102 or SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): LING   5530G, ANTH   5530, ANTH   5530G, WRIT   5530, WRIT   5530G.

WRIT   0093   Eng. as a Second Lang. I

6 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

VERIFIED 3/13/98.

WRIT   0095   Eng. as a Second Lang. II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

VERIFIED 3/13/98.

WRIT   1101   English Composition for Non-native Speakers

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

For students whose native language is not English. Concentrates on developing the student's skills in thinking, reading and writing. Emphasis is placed on the reading and understanding of prose selections and on the writing of clear, logical, well-constructed essays that are relatively free from serious grammatical faults. Includes a research paper. Credit for this course will be accepted in lieu of credit for ENGL   1101. Upon completion of this course, the student will enroll in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): ENGL   1101 and ENGL   1101H.

WRIT   2090   Selected Topics in Writing and Linguistics

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to one or more topics preliminary to study of more specialized areas of Writing and Linguistics.

Cross Listing(s): LING   2090, WRIT   2090S.

WRIT   2090S   Selected Topics in Writing and Linguistics

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to one or more topics preliminary to study of more specialized areas of Writing and Linguistics.

Cross Listing(s): LING   2090, WRIT   2090.

WRIT   2130   Technical Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Teaches students to improve written, oral and visual communication by requiring assignments relevant to their proposed professions. The focus is on the type of communication required by the scientific and engineering discourse communities.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   2130H.

WRIT   2130H   Technical Communication (Honors)

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Teaches students to improve written, oral and visual communication by requiring assignments relevant to their proposed professions. The focus is on the type of communication required by the scientific and engineering discourse communities.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   2130.

WRIT   2131   Everyday Creative Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Investigates the uses of creative writing in "everyday" forums such as music, advertisements, radio, television, and other forms of popular culture. Students will learn the elements common to all types of creative writing -- word play, figurative expression, sound effects, concrete language, attention to detail -- and apply these elements in their own creative writing exercises and projects.

WRIT   2131S   Everyday Creative Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Investigates the uses of creative writing in "everyday" forums such as music, advertisements, radio, television, and other forms of popular culture. Students will learn the elements common to all types of creative writing -- word play, figurative expression, sound effects, concrete language, attention to detail -- and apply these elements in their own creative writing exercises and projects.

WRIT   2133   Forms in Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the writing of a specific form or genre. The form being studied and practiced varies, but may include creative, academic, professional and/or technical forms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

WRIT   2135   Reading as a Writer

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This introductory course is both for aspiring writers and for readers who would like to increase their sensitivity to the elements of the writer’s craft. It involves reading carefully to see what an author does on the page and between the lines. Focusing on engagement with the craft of writing, students will practice close reading on the sentence level to discover the intricacies involved in a writer’s choices. Students will also read broadly in the genres and gain an appreciation for the features of various subgenres.

WRIT   2230   Careers in Writing and Linguistics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the broad employment opportunities available in the field of writing and linguistics, provides students with an understanding of their realistic options, and presents criteria for planning a focused job search in the field. This course situates an individual career search in a larger framework that addresses the economic, cultural, and social changes that have resulted in major shifts in the field.

WRIT   2430   Essential Grammar for Successful Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers review and reinforcement of grammar, punctuation, and rules of writing used in both academics and the professions. Challenges students to learn grammar and punctuation well enough that they feel confident with their language skills. Emphasizes paragraph and essay-level writing through drafting, revision, and editing.

Cross Listing(s): LING   2430, WRIT   2430H.

WRIT   2430H   Essential Grammar for Successful Writing (Honors)

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers review and reinforcement of grammar, punctuation, and rules of writing used in both academics and the professions. Challenges students to learn grammar and punctuation well enough that they feel confident with their language skills. Emphasizes paragraph and essay-level writing through drafting, revision, and editing.

Cross Listing(s): LING   2430, WRIT   2430.

WRIT   2533   Writers on Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the lived experience of working writers, their diverse composing practices and motivations for writing, and studies how writers write. Through selected memoirs and other readings, students will investigate how writers use their writing to shape meaning and identity and how scholars study writing processes.

WRIT   2535   Writing and Place

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the relationship between language and location by analyzing print and visual rhetoric's of social and natural environments. Students explore such environments by focusing on travel writing, Eco composition, or globalization and writing.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   2535S.

WRIT   2535S   Writing and Place

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the relationship between language and location by analyzing print and visual rhetoric;s of social and natural environments. Students explore such environments by focusing on travel writing, Eco composition, or globalization and writing.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   2535.

WRIT   3030   Selected Topics in Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of writing.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   3030S.

WRIT   3030S   Selected Topics in Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of writing.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   3030.

WRIT   3130   Creative Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The writing of poetry and fiction through close analysis of poetic and narrative forms with the purpose of encouraging students to develop their creative writing abilities and their awareness of creative writing techniques and strategies.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   3130S.

WRIT   3130S   Creative Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The writing of poetry and fiction through close analysis of poetic and narrative forms with the purpose of encouraging students to develop their creative writing abilities and their awareness of creative writing techniques and strategies.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   3130.

WRIT   3131   Teaching Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the theory and practice of teaching writing, including making the writing assignment, pre-writing, revising writing, and evaluating student writing.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL   2111 or ENGL   2112.

WRIT   3133   Tutoring Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on the theory and practice of tutoring writing in writing centers and other educational settings. Course topics include tutoring ethics, effective tutoring strategies, analyzing student texts, addressing disciplinary discourses and conventions, and recognizing diverse student needs.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

WRIT   3140   Writing for Young Readers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A workshop course that focuses on writing for children and young adults. Students read and discuss theoretical as well as creative texts, write in multiple forms, such as poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and multimedia, and produce a portfolio of work.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

WRIT   3220   Foundations in Professional and Technical Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the field of professional and technical writing, its various areas of interest, and potential career paths. The course explores the histories, theories, and research methodologies of professional and technical writing, which may include new media studies; cultural studies; rhetorics of science, technology, and the workplace; and usability.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" In ENGL   1102.

WRIT   3230   Writing in the Workplace

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Prepares students from all disciplines to be effective communicators in their chosen professions. Students learn to write and prepare a variety of documents, including memos, letters, reports, proposals, critical studies, and recommendations.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   3232   Writing Visual Information

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on strategies of arrangement and placement, specifically at intersections of alphabetic and visual information found in professional, technical, and business writing situations. Students will create multimodal documents and texts, and apply relevant theories to enhance engagement and comprehension. These texts can include, but are not limited to, technical reports, charts, tables, maps, slide presentations, and forms, in both print and digital media.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   3233   Professional Editing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course encompasses the ideas of editing as a professional writing skill, with a focus on the job of an editor. Emphasizes proofreading skills and the manipulation of documents from inception through presentation as finished products. Layout, document design, and contemporary production processes are also emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   3234   Research Methods for Writers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research designs for writers. Intensive study of planning and research designs including primary (surveys, interviews, experiments, questionnaires, field research, etc.) and secondary research tools (i.e., Internet, print sources and bibliographies).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   3430   Linguistics and Grammar for Teachers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Through lecture, workshops, and projects about writing, students will develop a metalanguage for teaching grammar and usage in order to effectively teach basic grammatical, mechanical, and usage concepts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   3433   Comic Book Writing in American Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Investigates multiple dimensions of and models for comic book writing as it traces the medium's history, development of new genres, and narrative conventions since its origins in the 1930s. Teaches the comic book's use of iconography, cultural tropes, and cognitive closure in the construction of sequential narratives.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101, WRIT   1101, ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   3433.

WRIT   3435   Writing and Healing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual benefits of writing personal/cultural stories in classrooms, community groups, websites, and public memorials. By analyzing current theories and their own and each other's narratives, students learn the connections between writing and health, silence and sickness.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   3520   Revision, Grammar and Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers strategies for revision; surveys the social forces underlying standardization and the processes of language change; addresses and reinforces current standards of grammar and usage in the United States. Emphasizes sentence and paragraphs as well as complete pieces of writing.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101 and ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT 1120.

WRIT   3531   Introduction to Writing Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the field of writing studies and contemporary issues in the areas of literacy, composition, and rhetoric, with special attention to the ways in which culture shapes and is shaped by writing.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   4130   Creative Nonfiction Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides a workshop environment for writing a wide variety of expository material generally not covered in freshman English. Students are encouraged to try forms, topics, and voices which broaden their writing experience.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   4130S.

WRIT   4130S   Creative Non-fiction

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides a workshop environment for writing a wide variety of expository material generally not covered in freshman English. Students are encouraged to try forms, topics, and voices which broaden their writing experience.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   4130.

WRIT   4231   Screenwriting

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Screenwriting is a lecture and workshop-based course that focuses on the basic components necessary to write successful films, television shows, and teleplays. By learning the tenents of the form, and mastering the ins-and-outs of the structure of screenplays, aspiring screenwriters will gain the tools to make their visual narratives come alive. Course work includes an introduction to formatting, plotting, and exposure to successful scripts and films that employ those facets. Includes a workshop component in which students' scripts will be reviewed and given feedback by instructor and peers.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102 and WRIT   3130.

WRIT   4232   Advanced Screenwriting

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Within a workshop and critique setting, students will work through the stages of feature screenplay writing, building on the knowledge developed in WRIT   4231. The course will focus on more advanced techniques, structure, and development of character and plot in long format through feature writing assignments.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   3130 or WRIT   4231.

WRIT   4380   Writing Grants and Proposals

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides direction on how to find, research and write proposals to secure grants. Students will write a proposal as a final project.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   4430   Poetry Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop in which students review and practice the fundamentals of poetry writing, such as use of imagery, figurative language, and sound effects; and also learn and practice more complex aspects of poetry writing, such as writing in specific forms and genres. Students read and discuss poetry by established poets, evaluate the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio of instructor-assigned and self-generated poems.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   4430H.

WRIT   4430H   Poetry Writing Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop in which students review and practice the fundamentals of poetry writing, such as use of imagery, figurative language, and sound effects; and also learn and practice more complex aspects of poetry writing, such as writing in specific forms and genres. Students read and discuss poetry by established poets, evaluate the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio of instructor-assigned and self-generated poems.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   4430.

WRIT   4530   Fiction Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop in which students review and practice the fundamentals of fiction writing, such as the importance of beginnings, scene building, narrative drive, stance, character development, endings; and also learn and practice more complex aspects of literary fiction strategies in specific genres (the traditional short story, magical realism, flash fiction, novellas). Students read and discuss fiction by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   4530H.

WRIT   4530H   Fiction Writing (Honors)

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop in which students review and practice the fundamentals of fiction writing, such as the importance of beginnings, scene building, narrative drive, stance, character development, endings; and also learn and practice more complex aspects of literary fiction strategies in specific genres (the traditional short story, magical realism, flash fiction, novellas). Students read and discuss fiction by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   4530.

WRIT   4535   Intellectual Property

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an introduction and general overview of fundamental aspects of intellectual property. Students will learn about such topics as the history of copyright laws, fair use, and the public domain. Through readings and class discussion of such issues as music downloading, remix, plagiarism detection services, copy-left, open-source, and creative commons licensing, students will acquire a greater understanding so that they can make informed choices for themselves, especially related to the needs of technical and professional writers. Recommended for all majors.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   4550   Literacy and Identity

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the ways literacy shapes identity and is shared and used by individuals, families, and cultures. Special attention to relationship between cultural and literate practices, and to political, social, and personal implications of literacy.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   4560   Writing Argument

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores writing effective arguments using multimodal approaches with emphasis on contexts of work, social, and academic environments. Students must have taken at least one 3000-level WRIT or LING course; exceptions made in consultation with department chair.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   3030 or WRIT   3130 or WRIT   3230 or WRIT   3233 or department approval.

WRIT   4570   Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the interaction of writing, rhetoric, and culture and the relationship between public and private discourses; emphasizes rhetorical traditions in the field of writing studies and rhetorical practices in public discourse.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

WRIT   4790   Internship in Writing and Linguistics

1-6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an opportunity for students to gain professional writing experience. The semester prior to the internship, the student will find an internship, write a proposal that describes the internship and submit the proposal for approval to the department chair, who will assign a supervising faculty member. The student will provide periodic progress reports and either a portfolio or a final report.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   3130, WRIT   3220, WRIT   3531, LING   3630.

WRIT   5030   Selected Topics in Writing

1-6 Credit Hours.   1-6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A seminar on particular topics in rhetoric and composition, the teaching of writing, English as a Second Language, linguistics, and creative writing not covered by other seminars.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5030G, WRIT   5030S.

WRIT   5030S   Selected Topics in Writing

1-6 Credit Hours.   1-6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A seminar on particular topics in rhetoric and composition, the teaching of writing, English as a Second Language, linguistics, and creative writing not covered by other seminars.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5030, WRIT   5030G.

WRIT   5130   Modern English Grammar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the system of rules of word formation and sentence construction that we unconsciously employ in our daily use of the English language.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5130G, LING   5130, LING   5130G.

WRIT   5330   History of English Language

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the English language from linguistic, social, and historical perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5330G, ANTH   5330, ANTH   5330G, LING   5330, LING   5330G.

WRIT   5430   Advanced Poetry Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop which focuses primarily on the students' own poems. The course deepens and expands the poetry writing skills and knowledge developed in lower-level creative writing workshops. Students will read and discuss poetry by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers and produce a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   2131, WRIT   2133, WRIT   3130.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5430S, WRIT   5430G.

WRIT   5430S   Advanced Poetry Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop which focuses primarily on the students' own poems. The course deepens and expands the poetry writing skills and knowledge developed in lower-level creative writing workshops. Students will read and discuss poetry by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers and produce a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   2131, WRIT   2133, WRIT   3130.

Cross Listing(s): ENGL 4421, WRIT   5430, WRIT   5430G.

WRIT   5530   Sociolinguistics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The principles and methods used to study language as a sociocultural phenomenon. These are examined both from the linguistic viewpoint and the social scientific viewpoint.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH   1102 or SOCI   1101.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5530G, ANTH   5530, ANTH   5530G, LING   5530, LING   5530G.

WRIT   5531   Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop which focuses primarily on the students' own creative nonfiction. The course deepens and expands the writing skills and knowledge learned in undergraduate expository writing courses and allows students to specialize in a specific genre, such as the memoir, the personal essay, travel writing, etc. Students read and discuss creative nonfiction by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   3130.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5531G.

WRIT   5540   Advanced Fiction Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop which focuses primarily on the students' own fiction. The course deepens and expands the fiction writing skills and knowledge developed in lower-level creative writing workshops. Students will read and discuss fiction by established writers, evaluate their work and the work of their peers, and produce a portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   2131, WRIT   2133, WRIT   3130.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5540G.

WRIT   5550   Technologies of Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Analyzes the meanings and implications of the new technologies on reading and writing as well as explores the relationship between a culture's technologies of writing and cultural narratives of identity, subjectivity, and agency.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5550G.

WRIT   5632   Writing Flash Prose

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A creative writing workshop in which students study and write short prose forms such as the short-short story, brief creative nonfiction, and prose poetry.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   2131, WRIT   2133, WRIT   3130.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5632G.

WRIT   5633   Writing the Body

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Writing the Body explores the ways in which written discourse is an intellectual, social, creative, and educational practice that is always also material and corporeal. As an introduction to discipline-specific foundations in writing theory and methodologies, this course engages students in both the analysis and production of written texts and enables them to explore the ways in which identity narratives are embodied and performative.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101, WRIT   1101, ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5633G, WGST   5633, WGST   5633G.

WRIT   5650   Writing for Publication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course prepares students for writing for publication in a digital age. Students are encouraged to pursue various areas of research and interests as they learn how to locate suitable venues for publication, write query letters to publishers, format manuscripts for submission, and deal with revision and editing in today's technological environment.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5650G.

WRIT   5930   Technical Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A required course for all Writing and Linguistics majors in the professional and technical communication area, this course offers study in technical communication topics relevant to the profession, such as usability, freelancing, document analysis, ethics, medical writing, or rhetoric of science and technology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5930G.

Chair(s): DAN ALAN BAUER

Professor(s): LORI E. AMY, DAN ALAN BAUER, ERIC R. NELSON (Emeritus), MICHAEL A. PEMBERTON, CURTIS EUGENE RICKER, JANICE R. WALKER

Associate Professor(s): ELEANOR F. AGNEW (Emeritus), KATHY SEYMORE ALBERTSON, LISA A. COSTELLO, PHYLLIS S. DALLAS (Emeritus), TIMOTHY D. GILES, MARY HADLEY (Emeritus), MARY R. MARWITZ (Emeritus), LAURA A. MILNER (Emeritus), BETSY H. NICHOLS (Emeritus), TOMSYE DALE PURVIS (Emeritus), NEAL SAYE (Emeritus), LAURA E. VALERI, THERESA M. WELFORD

Assistant Professor(s): KATHLEEN M. BALDWIN, MELISSA L. CARRION, CHARLOTTE C. CRITTENDEN (Emeritus), NANCY B. DESSOMMES (Emeritus), KATHERINE FALLON, ELLEN HUDGINS HENDRIX, RICHARD ALLEN KEITHLEY (Emeritus), JINRONG LI, MIMI LI, CHRISTINA M. OLSON, MILDRED MOORE PATE (Emeritus), PATRICIA T. PRICE (Emeritus), JOANNA SCHREIBER, JARED Y. SEXTON, TERRY W. THOMPSON

Senior Lecturer(s): JUNE B. JOYNER, NAN STEVENS LoBUE

Lecturer(s): ANDREW MARK BERGER, MONIQUE BOS, JULIE LYNN DOUBERLY, BENJAMIN K. DREVLOW, LAUREN F. FORTENBERRY, AMANDA JO HEDRICK, NATALIE LOUISE JAMES, DREW N. KEANE, MARTHA D. LEE, PEGGY LINDSEY, SHEILA E. NIELSEN, ARON P. PEASE, KRISTA PETROSINO, KEVIN PSONAK, AMANDA ANNE SCHUMACHER, LEIGH ANN WILLIAMS

Limited-Term Assistant Professor(s): JANET DALE, CHARLES MICHAEL FISCHER, CLAIRE NELSON, CHELSEA PLUNKETT, DANIEL PLUNKETT, BRITTA LEIGH SPANN

Limited-Term Instructor(s): CAMERON ROCKER CLEMENTS, BRANDON LOPER, BRANDI MOODY, DESIREE M. RILEY, JESSICA Y. SPEARMAN