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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

WRT Course Offerings

Spring 2022

Linked course titles have extended descriptions. Syllabi provided where available.
Course Title Day Time Instructor Room Syllabus Description
WRT 114 Writing Culture Multiple Instructors Nonacademic writing; creative nonfiction, memoir, the essay. Students write texts experimenting with style, genre, and subject; read contemporary nonfiction texts by varied authors; attend lectures/readings of visiting writers.
WRT 117 Writing, Rhetoric, and Satire TTH 9:30-10:50 Rae Ann Meriwether Students analyze satire (essays from McSweeney's and The Onion, television like The Colbert Report and The Chappelle Show, movies like Borat and Get Out) in order to understand its diverse purposes, effects on audiences, and the role it plays in various contexts. As students become aware of the social and political power that satire can yield, they will practice writing their own satirical works in various media and modes. They will also reflect on the “real world” work that their writing does or tries to do.
WRT 118 Writing for a Better You TTH 3:30-4:50 Andrea Constable Each day we use a variety of writing tools and genres to communicate with, identify with, and persuade others. But how can we use writing as a means to better our own health, improve our mental resilience, and find clarity in our lives? WRT 118 will introduce you to expressive writing as a healthful and mindful activity. In WRT 118, you will have the opportunity to learn the craft of writing for personal wellness and acquire transferable skills that can help you become a more mindful and generative writer and listener.
WRT 240 Writing through Health: MW 3:45-5:05 Robin McCrary Practice in responsive writing in relation to topics around health, wellness, and illness. Emphasizes rhetorical analysis and writing as a response to existing conversations, allowing students to contribute to cultural understandings and debates surrounding health/wellness/illness. (G&P)
WRT 255 Advanced Writing Studio: Advanced Argumentative Writing MW 12:45-2:05 Lois Agnew Intensive practice in the analysis and writing of advanced arguments for a variety of settings: public writing, professional writing, and organizational writing. (Core Requirement for Majors & Minors.)
WRT 300/HUM 300 Public Rhetoric & Writing TTH 3:30-4:50 Brice Nordquist How can we write with communities in contexts of crisis? How can our rhetorics make and move publics? This inaugural course in the interdisciplinary Living Humanities seminar series considers the abilities and responsibilities of writers to understand and respond to the complex, pressing, and globally interconnected problems of local communities. Together, we will study and meet with writers and artists pursing social and cultural reform, and we’ll practice strategies for ethical and impactful public research and communication by identifying, studying, and writing in response to problems in our own communities.
WRT 302 Advanced Writing Studio: Digital Writing TTH 11:00-12:20 Sidney Turner Practice in writing in digital environments. May include document and web design, multimedia, digital video, weblogs. Introduction to a range of issues, theories, and software applications relevant to such writing. (Core Requirement for Majors.)
WRT 307 Advanced Writing Studio: Professional Writing Multiple Instructors Professional communication through the study of audience, purpose, and ethics. Rhetorical problem-solving principles applied to diverse professional writing tasks and situations. (Core Req for Majors.)
WRT 308 Advanced Writing Studio: Style Winterlude 12/20/2021-1/14/2022 Collin Gifford Brooke Don't let them tell you that style is just on the surface, something you polish before you hit send. Style runs deep, lurking at the heart of everything we speak or write. Style can dazzle, enchant, seduce, repulse, or bewilder. It can stop you in your tracks and rewire your brain. In this course, we will experiment voraciously with language, shape and reshape our writing, build our stylistic repertoires, and hone our sensibilities. The course will focus primarily on short writing exercises and individual feedback, meeting online (asynchronously). (G&P)
WRT 413 Rhetoric and Ethics TTH 9:30-10:50 Jonna Gilfus The course will focus primarily on short writing exercises and individual feedback, meeting online (asynchronously). (G&P)
WRT 422 Studies in Creative Nonfiction MW 5:15-6:35 Robin McCrary Particular topics in the analysis and practice of creative nonfiction. Attention to cultural contexts and authorship. Possible genres include memoir, travel writing, nature writing, experimental or hybrid writing, and the personal essay. (G&P)
WRT 424 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, Identity MW 12:45-2:05 Kevin Browne This course will explore rhetoric as an inherently multimodal practice of being. We will challenge the assumptions and limitations of rhetorical form—regarding the written word, still and moving images, the material features of objects, to name a few—as we consider what counts as an effective argument in these times. Together, we will explore methods that inform our relationship to rhetoric as an art of human expression that operates beyond the boundaries of persuasion. We will also contribute to the conversation by producing and displaying works of our own unique design. Class will be a hybrid seminar-workshop. (H&T)
WRT 440 Politics of Language and Writing: TTH 12:30-1:50 Tony Scott We are living in a time in which our daily news feeds can seem like the beginning of a dystopian movie. The everyday realities of a global pandemic; wildfires, drought and hurricanes; forced migration; border closures; political violence and polarity can lead to anxiety and cynicism. In this course we will discuss various modalities of texts that don’t just document ruin but also offer examples of how writing can open possibilities for seeing, understanding and promoting connectivity and optimism “in the ruins.” Developing a semester-long project will enable you to experiment with genres and modalities of composition. (H&T)
WRT 447 Professional and Technical Writing in a Global Context TTH 9:30-10:50 Cynthia Pope Complexities arising in writing technical documents for a wide range of audiences, including other cultures and workplaces both domestically and internationally. Addresses ways that systems of knowledge, interfaces, design processes, and instructional mechanisms affect users. (H&T)