Writing (WRT)

WRT 099   Introduction to College Writing   3 Units

In this course students will strengthen their writing skills so they become comfortable and competent writing essays on the college level. Class meetings will be dedicated to reading and analyzing essays and articles; reviewing functional grammar and sentence skills; writing coherent, well-developed paragraphs and essays; and learning essential research and documentation techniques. Placement by SAT or ACT score. A final grade of C- or higher must be achieved to pass the course. Units do not count toward graduation.

WRT 102   Writing and Research   3 Units

In this course students will practice research methods and a variety of writing strategies such as narration, description, exposition, argumentation, and develop skills as critical thinkers, readers, and writers through research, reading, writing, and writer workshops. Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

WRT 201   The Art of the Essay   3 Units

In this course students will explore the aesthetic range of the essay by reading selected works from a variety of authors examining them not only as objects for analysis, but also as models for stylistic experiments as students practice the art of the essay. Freshman placement by SAT or ACT scores.

WRT 323   Introduction to Genre and Craft in Creative Writing   3 Units

As a multi-genre introduction to the craft of creative writing, this course will examine literary conventions as well as the writing techniques and tools essential to effective writing and editing. Prerequisite: WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent.

WRT 324   Writing for Children and Teenagers   3 Units

As an introductory course to the art and craft of writing for young audiences, students will read, analyze and write both fiction and nonfiction pieces. The course includes market analysis techniques and the submission of work for publication. Prerequisite: WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent.

WRT 327   Creative Writing: Fiction   3 Units

This course will involve a sustained exploration of the creative process in writing fiction as students complete several short stories, perform close analysis of published works, and participate in writing workshops. Prerequisite: WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent; WRT 323. Offered alternate years.

WRT 328   Creative Writing: Poetry   3 Units

This course is designed to sharpen students' awareness of and skill in using the elements of poetry. Students will complete a number of original poems in a variety of traditional and contemporary forms and styles. This class will discuss their own creative work and a wide variety of anthologized poetry in a workshop setting. Prerequisite: WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent; WRT 323. Offered alternate years.

WRT 329   Creative Nonfiction   3 Units

An examination and discussion of the art and craft of contemporary nonfiction, practice in a variety of genres. Course includes market analysis techniques and the submission of work for publication. Prerequisite: WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent; WRT 323. Offered alternate years.

WRT 330   Travel Writing   3 Units

This intense, creative, nonfiction writing course will combine with ethnographic research, blogging, and backpack journalism as students write about thirty-five (35) pages of essays, profiles, literary journalism, and reviews that will be published weekly on a blog together with photos and video content. Assignments will require students to observe and engage with people in various countries where they are volunteering and studying.

WRT 333   Topics in Creative Writing   3 Units

As a focused exploration of genre and subject matter in a workshop setting. Possible topics include nature writing, travel writing, and experimental writing. Course may be repeated for elective credit. Prerequisite: WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent; CENG 201 or CENG 301 or equivalent.

WRT 390   Practicum: Journalism Writing   1-4 Units

This course is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor, or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

WRT 427   Advanced Creative Writing   3 Units

This capstone course will provide students with an opportunity to write more intensively and extensively through the creation of new work and revising previously written work in a workshop setting. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing; WRT 102 or WRT 201 or equivalent; WRT 323, WRT 327 or WRT 328, and WRT 329. Offered alternate years.

WRT 490   Internship: Journalism Writing   1-8 Units

This is an intense, practical, full- or part-time experience outside the classroom that is an integral part of a professional program, contributing significantly to the student's preparation for entrance into a profession. Approximately forty (40) contact hours are required for each unit of credit. Each department may limit the maximum number of internship credit.