Graduate Course Descriptions
Writing 251. Academic Research Writing
Instruction in the writing of graduate academic documents, including proposals, theses, course papers, articles for publication, and C.V.'s. Emphasis on writing clearly and mastering disciplinary conventions. Lecture plus laboratory.
Writing 253. Introduction to Technical Communication
In this course, students with an interest in professional writing will explore the history, theory, and practice of technical communication. Students will practice the critical analysis of technical communication discourse, both through the analysis of secondary sources and case studies, and through their own research project to be undertaken during the quarter. Course assignments may focus on the analysis and production of technical manuals, online documentation, technical digital media, instructions, research proposals, and other related genres. Final documents suitable for a professional portfolio.
Writing 254. Environmental Rhetoric
Through the analysis of historic and contemporary cases and literature, students consider how language is used by different stakeholders and audiences in the production and circulation of written, visual, and digital communication related to environmental issues in the public sphere.
Writing 256. Public Writing and Advocacy
Through the analysis of public discourse, students will articulate their academic research expertise in the context of public discussions of social issues, with special attention to the writing conventions and genres best suited for advocacy.
Writing 259. Science Communication
Provides a foundation in science communication practices that explain, persuade, describe, and entertain to graduate students in both STEM (scientific, engineering, technological and mathematical) and non-STEM disciplines. Coursework focuses on composition, public speaking, graphics designs and numeric representations for creating effective written works, talks, podcasts, blogs, videos, press releases, policy briefs, posters, and reports about scientific topics. Students will learn how to craft scientific stories that are accurate, realistic and compelling.
Writing 280AA. Introduction to Graduate Writing Expectations
Graduate students who would like to develop their writing skills will have the opportunity to practice drafting and revising a variety of advanced writing assignments common to the graduate experience. Students will first study the rhetorical features associated with various advanced graduate writing genres before producing disciplinary-specific versions of these texts.
Writing 281AA. Introduction to Article Writing
Graduate students interested in learning the underlying conventions related to professional academic writing through article writing will have the opportunity to draft and revise a disciplinary-relevant article. Students will first study the rhetorical features associated with articles, by discipline, in order to learn the conventions pertinent to article writing in students’ chosen fields. Then, students will produce a discipline and journal-specific draft of an article.
Writing 282AA. Thesis and Dissertation Structured Writing Communities
Graduate students who have produced at least one chapter of their thesis or dissertation and who must still complete at least one more chapter will be provided with writing instruction, individual feedback, and writing time to complete their thesis/dissertation. Only advanced graduate writing will be drafted and considered in this course.
Writing 283AA. Preparing for the Academic Job Market
Graduate students will have the job market process demystified while preparing a dossier of requested materials. Students will first study the rhetorical features associated with the major documents required for these positions and then produce discipline-specific drafts (with feedback provided).
Writing 500. Directed Teaching
Prerequisites: Appointment as teaching assistant or associate. Yields no unit credit for advanced degrees.
Teaching assistants must register during quarter of service for this course of supervision and instruction.
Writing 501. Academic Writing: Theory and Practice
Prerequisite: application submitted for Writing Program TA appointment
Preparatory orientation and concurrent training for newly appointed Writing Program teaching assistants. Topics include theories of composition pedagogy, academic literacies, principles of instructional design and curriculum development, effective classroom practices, and assessment of student writing.
Writing 502A-C. Seminar in Writing Studies
1-2 units per quarter
A three-quarter course sequence that immerses students in the theory, methods, and issues of Writing Studies. Serves as a foundation for additional emphasis courses.
Writing 596. Directed Reading and Research
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor.
May be repeated for credit as determined by department chair.
Group or individual tutorial.