Writing Program Course Descriptions

College Writing Program Course Descriptions: 

College Writing (WRIT 1120) 
Provides instruction and practice in developing skills in critical thinking, argumentation, revision, information literacy, and documentation to prepare you for writing tasks that you will encounter throughout college, work, and the rest of your life. Course assignments present challenges designed to hone competence and confidence in making writing decisions for any audience, purpose, or genre.

(approved Dec. 2015 by CLA Academic Affairs Committee)

 

Advanced Writing

The division of Advanced Writing courses by academic and/or professional categories (e.g., Arts and Letters, Engineering, Business, Social Sciences, etc.) allows students to become consciously aware of how their respective academic and professional discourse communities regulate what counts as knowledge via conventions such as genres, documentation styles, and peer review processes, and in turn, what these conventions and mechanisms of communication reveal about these discourse communities’ public goals and shared values.

These three-credit courses assume that knowledge is created through on-going conversations in speaking and in writing. It also assumes that writing is learned through revision, and that effective revision strategies can be taught; thus, students can learn to become better writers. 

WRIT 3100, Advanced Writing: Language and Literature
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines involving language and literature. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences.

WRIT 3110, Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines of art, design, and performing arts. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences.

WRIT 3121, Advanced Writing: Business and Organizations
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines involving business and management of organizations. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences.     

WRIT 3130, Advanced Writing: Engineering
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines of engineering or computer science. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences.

WRIT 3140, Advanced Writing: Human Services
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines of education and other fields related to human services. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences.

WRIT 3150, Advanced Writing: Sciences
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines of mathematics and life and physical sciences. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences.

WRIT 3160, Advanced Writing: Social Sciences
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines of social sciences and related fields. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences.

WRIT 3180, Honors: Advanced Writing
Study of writing for those currently enrolled in UMD’s Honors Program. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences. 

(approved October 2020 by
CLA Academic Affairs Committee)