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WR Undergraduate Courses, Corvallis Campus

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Top WR 115 INTRODUCTION TO EXPOSITORY WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to rhetorical concepts and writing strategies necessary for university level written composition. Includes substantial discussion of grammar, punctuation, and usage conventions of standard written English. Does not satisfy WR 121 requirement. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.

Top WR 121 ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to critical thinking, the writing process, and the forms of expository writing. Intensive writing practice, with an emphasis on revision. The term in which the student takes the course is determined alphabetically; see Schedule of Classes. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Alpha Section A-G

Top WR 121H ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to critical thinking, the writing process, and the forms of expository writing. Intensive writing practice, with an emphasis on revision. The term in which the student takes the course is determined alphabetically; see Schedule of Classes. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Required of all students. Honors College approval required.

Top WR 130 FUNDAMENTALS OF GRAMMAR, SYNTAX, AND SENTENCE BUILDING (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides opportunities to improve writing at the sentence level. Focuses on the fundamental elements of the sentence (grammar), the principles and rules of sentence structure (syntax), and techniques for writing meaningful, compelling sentences (sentence building). WR 130 is a hybrid course; students will use online modules, activities, and quizzes to advance understanding of grammar fundamentals and to practice writing, editing, and revising sentences. In-person meetings will emphasize student questions and applying lessons to other academic writing projects. Graded P/N.

Top WR 199 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 201 WRITING FOR MEDIA (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to newspaper style. Introduction to reporting. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Grade B or higher in WR 121 or WR 121H and 30 wpm typing speed.

Top WR 214 WRITING IN BUSINESS (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Continued practice in writing with an emphasis on the rhetorical and critical thinking demands of writers in business and industry. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1)

Top WR 222 ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Continued practice in expository writing with an emphasis on argumentation and research. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1)

Top WR 224 INTRODUCTION TO FICTION WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Discussion workshop. Student work examined in context of contemporary published work. (FA) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1)

Top WR 240 INTRODUCTION TO NONFICTION WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Discussion workshop. Student work examined in context of contemporary published work. (Bacc Core Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 9 credits. PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-]

Top WR 241 INTRODUCTION TO POETRY WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Discussion workshop. Rudiments of mechanics and some background in development of modern poetry. (FA) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1)

Top WR 303 WRITING FOR THE WEB (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
The production of instructive, informative, and rhetorically savvy writing for Web-based locations and applications. Helps people find information, get things done, convey their opinions, build communities, and collaborate on complex projects. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [D-] or WR 121H [D-]

Top WR 323 ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Continued practice in writing with an emphasis on the elements of style: diction, tone, precision and economy, emphasis, figurative language. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1)

Top WR 324 SHORT STORY WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Study and writing of the short story. (FA) (Bacc Core Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: WR 224 [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WR 327 TECHNICAL WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Continued practice in writing with an emphasis on the rhetorical and critical thinking demands of writers in scientific and technological fields. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1)

Top WR 327H TECHNICAL WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Continued practice in writing with an emphasis on the rhetorical and critical thinking demands of writers in scientific and technological fields. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1) and Honors College approval required.

Top WR 329 WRITING FOR LAW AND LAW SCHOOL (3) 
Improves the rhetorical and structural sophistication of persuasive writing, and gives practice in writing the law application essay. Provides a thorough review of logical, grammatical, usage, and sentence-level errors. PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-]

Top WR 330 UNDERSTANDING GRAMMAR (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Advanced study of traditional grammatical forms and conventional grammatical terms with emphasis on the assumptions underlying the structure of traditional grammar. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] or Placement Test WWRI(1)

Top WR 340 CREATIVE NONFICTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Study and writing of creative nonfiction. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: WR 240 [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WR 341 POETRY WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Study and writing of verse. (FA) (Bacc Core Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: WR 241 [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WR 362 SCIENCE WRITING (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Students learn and practice the conventions for writing scientific material for a variety of audiences. Involves writing and research assignments, multimedia presentations, lecture, and in-class and online activities. (Baccalaureate Core Course) PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-]

Top WR 383 FOOD WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Students will write about food and food issues for a variety of audiences, including print and digital, adapting their texts to become increasingly sophisticated critical thinkers and writers who can shape material effectively. Will also address food science and food studies from a historical and cultural background. PREREQS: (WR 121 [D-] or WR 121H [D-] ) and (HC 199 [D-] or PHL 121 [D-] or WR 201 [D-] or WR 214 [D-] or WR 222 [D-] or WR 224 [D-] or WR 241 [D-] or WR 323 [D-] or WR 324 [D-] or WR 327 [D-] or WR 330 [D-] or WR 341 [D-] or WR 362 [D-] ) and students need to have cleared their Baccalaureate WR II requirement in order to have the necessary writing skills to build upon for this course.

Top WR 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WR 399H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WR 401 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 402 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 404 WRITING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 407 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 408 WORKSHOP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WR 411 THE TEACHING OF WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Pedagogy and theory in composition; prepares teachers (secondary through college) in writing process, assignment design, evaluation, and grammar. Also focuses on students' own writing. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WR 414 ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Writing news releases, annual reports, brochures, newsletters, and other PR materials. Writing advertising copy. PREREQS: WR 121 [B] or WR 121H [B] and upper-division standing.

Top WR 416 ADVANCED COMPOSITION (4) 
The development of style and voice in both the personal and the academic essay. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WR 420 STUDIES IN WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Selected topics in rhetoric and composition. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WR 424 ADVANCED FICTION WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Workshop. (FA) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: WR 324 [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WR 441 ADVANCED POETRY WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Advanced poetry workshop. (FA) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: WR 341 [D-] and /or instructor approval required.

Top WR 448 MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Writing the magazine article. Analyzing markets and writing query and cover letters, marketing manuscripts to magazines. Interviewing and researching. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WR 449 CRITICAL REVIEWING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Writing critical reviews of books, television programs, movies, plays, and restaurants for newspapers and magazines. The role of criticism in popular culture. PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WR 462 ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Writing about environmental topics from multiple perspectives. Includes science journalism, research and writing on current scientific issues and controversies, and theories of rhetoric and environmentalism. (Writing Intensive Course) This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-]

Top WR 466 PROFESSIONAL WRITING (4) 
Introduces the texts, contexts, and concepts important to the practice of professional communication in organizational contexts, addressing practical writing skills, rhetoric, ethics, and information design. Course readings concern what professional writers do and what theories govern their actions, bridging the gap between real-world problems and academic research. PREREQS: WR 121 [D-] or WR 121H [D-] and upper-division standing for undergraduates.

Top WR 475 RHETORICS OF RACE (4) 
By exploring the interrelated concepts of race, racialization, and racism, Rhetorics of Race problematizes race as a taken-for-granted phenomenon. Through reading, writing, and discussion, class participants study racial formations as historically specific and analyze contemporary forms of racism in the US. Readings and discussion pay close attention to how rhetoric and discourse have the power to reproduce and challenge white supremacy and race-based oppressions. Emphasizing the intersectionality of oppression—that racism necessarily takes place at intersections with other forms of subordination including sexism, homophobia, ablelism, etc.—Rhetorics of Race draws from Queer Black Feminism, Chican@ Feminism, and Critical Race Theory.

Top WR 485 CONTEMPORARY RHETORIC THEORY (4) 
Familiarizes students with a range of theories that have significantly contributed to or influenced the field of modern and contemporary rhetorical research. The course examines scholars, concepts, and methodologies that are central to contemporary rhetorical theory, while touching on key critical theorists who, although may be considered outside the field of rhetoric studies, impact the ways in which language, persuasion, and communication are currently understood. From this work, students develop their own perspectives and generate evidence-based arguments concerning those same issues. PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-]

Top WR 493 THE RHETORICAL TRADITION AND THE TEACHING OF WRITING (4)  WIC Core Course
Major past and contemporary theories of written communication, their historical context, and their impact on writing and the teaching of writing. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WR 495 INTRODUCTION TO LITERACY STUDIES (4)  WIC Core Course
Literacy studies in multidisciplinary contexts. Examines historical, theoretical, and practical relationships among reading, writing, language, culture, and schooling. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: Upper-division standing.

Top WR 497 DIGITAL LITERACY AND CULTURE (4) 
From pencils to pixels, telegraphs to texts, and semaphores to social networking, Digital Literacy and Culture focuses on the relationships between human expression and the technologies that provide context, meaning, and shape to those expressions. PREREQS: WR 121 [C-] or WR 121H [C-] and upper-division standing for undergraduates.

Top WR 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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