Graduate Course Descriptions
Writing 251. Academic Research Writing
Instruction in the writing of graduate academic documents, including proposals, theses, course papers, articles for publication, and C.V.'s. Emphasis on writing clearly and mastering disciplinary conventions. Lecture plus laboratory.
Writing 253. Introduction to Technical Communication
In this course, students with an interest in professional writing will explore the history, theory, and practice of technical communication. Students will practice the critical analysis of technical communication discourse, both through the analysis of secondary sources and case studies, and through their own research project to be undertaken during the quarter. Course assignments may focus on the analysis and production of technical manuals, online documentation, technical digital media, instructions, research proposals, and other related genres. Final documents suitable for a professional portfolio.
Writing 254. Environmental Rhetoric
Through the analysis of historic and contemporary cases and literature, students consider how language is used by different stakeholders and audiences in the production and circulation of written, visual, and digital communication related to environmental issues in the public sphere.
Writing 259. Science Communication
Provides a foundation in science communication practices that explain, persuade, describe, and entertain to graduate students in both STEM (scientific, engineering, technological and mathematical) and non-STEM disciplines. Coursework focuses on composition, public speaking, graphics designs and numeric representations for creating effective written works, talks, podcasts, blogs, videos, press releases, policy briefs, posters, and reports about scientific topics. Students will learn how to craft scientific stories that are accurate, realistic and compelling.
Writing 500. Directed Teaching
Prerequisites: Appointment as teaching assistant or associate. Yields no unit credit for advanced degrees.
Teaching assistants must register during quarter of service for this course of supervision and instruction.
Writing 501. Academic Writing: Theory and Practice
Prerequisite: application submitted for Writing Program TA appointment
Preparatory orientation and concurrent training for newly appointed Writing Program teaching assistants. Topics include theories of composition pedagogy, academic literacies, principles of instructional design and curriculum development, effective classroom practices, and assessment of student writing.
Writing 502A-C. Seminar in Writing Studies
1-2 units per quarter
A three-quarter course sequence that immerses students in the theory, methods, and issues of Writing Studies. Serves as a foundation for additional emphasis courses.
Writing 596. Directed Reading and Research
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor.
May be repeated for credit as determined by department chair.
Group or individual tutorial.