WRTG Course Listing

Academic Writing I (WRTG 111, 3 Credits)
(The first course in the two-course series WRTG 111-WRTG 112. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) An introduction to reading, writing, and critical thinking in an academic setting. The goal is to practice strategies for understanding academic texts and for developing one's ideas in relation to those texts. Focus is on writing thesis-driven essays that incorporate ideas and information from sources and demonstrate critical thinking, proper attribution, and effective language use. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: WRTG 100A, WRTG 111, or WRTG 111X.

Academic Writing I (WRTG 111X, 3 Credits)
(The first course in the two-course series WRTG 111X-WRTG 112X. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) An introduction to reading, writing, and critical thinking in an academic setting. The goal is to practice strategies for understanding academic texts and for developing one's ideas in relation to those texts. Focus is on writing thesis-driven essays that incorporate ideas and information from sources and demonstrate critical thinking, proper attribution, and effective language use. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: WRTG 100A, WRTG 111, or WRTG 111X.

Academic Writing II (WRTG 112, 3 Credits)
(The second course in the two-course series WRTG 111-WRTG 112. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Continued practice in reading, writing, and critical thinking with an emphasis on research and argumentation. The goal is to implement strategies for analyzing ideas and rhetorical techniques in academic texts and for conducting academic research. Focus is on writing an argumentative research paper that synthesizes information and ideas from multiple sources and demonstrates critical thinking, varied rhetorical strategies, proper source documentation, and effective language use. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, WRTG 101X, WRTG 112, or WRTG 112X.

Academic Writing II (WRTG 112X, 3 Credits)
(The second course in the two-course series WRTG 111X-WRTG 112X. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Continued practice in reading, writing, and critical thinking with an emphasis on research and argumentation. The goal is to implement strategies for analyzing ideas and rhetorical techniques in academic texts and for conducting academic research. Focus is on writing an argumentative research paper that synthesizes information and ideas from multiple sources and demonstrates critical thinking, varied rhetorical strategies, proper source documentation, and effective language use. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, WRTG 101X, WRTG 112, or WRTG 112X.

Standard English Grammar, Usage, and Diction (WRTG 288X, 3 Credits)
(Formerly ENGL 281X. Enrollment restricted to students for whom English is a second language. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications, but is not a writing course.) Prerequisite: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, or WRTG 101X. An overview of grammatical structures of standard formal and written English. Topics may include parts of speech, punctuation, choice and usage of words, sentence patterns, and advanced grammatical issues. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 281, ENGL 281X, WRTG 288, or WRTG 288X.

Research Writing (WRTG 291, 3 Credits)
(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or equivalent. Continued practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. The objective is to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize diverse sources and viewpoints to develop persuasive and academic writing projects. Assignments include prewriting exercises, an annotated bibliography, a synthesis research essay, and a reflective paper. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 291, ENGL 291H, or WRTG 291.

Expository and Research Writing (WRTG 291X, 3 Credits)
(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications. Enrollment restricted to students for whom English is not a first language.) Prerequisites: WRTG 101/101X (or ENGL 101/101X) and LIBS 150. Continued practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. Focus is on analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing diverse sources and viewpoints to develop persuasive and argumentative writing projects. Assignments include written exercises, two short research essays, and a research paper, resulting in a total of at least 4,500 words (approximately 20 pages). Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 291, ENGL 291H or WRTG 291.

Introduction to Professional Writing (WRTG 293, 3 Credits)
(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or equivalent. An overview of professional writing. The goal is to analyze professional communication scenarios to develop effective workplace writing. Topics include the standards, conventions, and technologies of professional writing; communicating to a variety of audiences; and developing appropriate written responses to workplace challenges. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 293, ENGL 293, or WRTG 293.

Advanced Research Writing (WRTG 391, 3 Credits)
(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or equivalent. Instruction and practice in academic research skills. The objective is to critically analyze scholarly and other credible sources and effectively integrate source material into a complex argument. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing multiple sources in producing a literature review on a focused topic. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 391, ENGL 391X, WRTG 391, or WRTG 391X.

Advanced Expository and Research Writing (WRTG 391X, 3 Credits)
(Formerly ENGL 391X. Enrollment restricted to students for whom English is a second language. Fulfills the general education requirement in Upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101/101X or ENGL 101/101X. Instruction and practice in methods of presenting ideas and factual information clearly and effectively. Emphasis is on developing skills fundamental to both workplace and academic writing. Published writings are discussed and evaluated. Assignments include composing a total of 6,000 words (approximately 25 pages). Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 391, ENGL 391X, WRTG 391, or WRTG 391X.

Advanced Technical Writing (WRTG 393, 3 Credits)
(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or equivalent. Recommended: WRTG 291 or WRTG 293. A comprehensive, project-based study of applied technical writing. The aim is to design and develop appropriate and effective technical documents using strategies and technologies for a variety of audiences. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 393/393X, ENGL 393/393X, or WRTG 393/393X.

Advanced Technical Writing (WRTG 393X, 3 Credits)
(Formerly COMM 393X. Enrollment restricted to students for whom English is not a first language. Fulfills the general education requirement in Upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101/101X, ENGL 101/101X. The writing of technical papers and reports. Focus is on building skills in critical thinking, research, and document design. Assignments include composing a total of 6,000 words (approximately 25 pages) in various formats (e.g., the oral presentation, the resume, correspondence, manuals, procedures, instructions, and different types of reports, including proposal, progress, analytic, and feasibility). Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 393, COMM 393X, ENGL 393, ENGL 393X, WRTG 393, or WRTG 393X.

Advanced Business Writing (WRTG 394, 3 Credits)
(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing). Prerequisite: WRTG 112 or equivalent. A comprehensive, project-based study of applied business writing. The aim is to develop documents appropriate to audience and purpose that are well argued and conform to standards to business writing. Topics include context, purpose, audience, style, organization, format, results, technologies, and strategies for persuasion in typical workplace messages. In addition to shorter assignments, a substantial formal report that incorporates research and support for conclusions or recommendations is required. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 394/394X, ENGL 394/394X, or WRTG 394/394X.

Workplace Learning in Writing (WRTG 486A, 3 Credits)
Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at www.umgc.edu/wkpl). The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.