May 21, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 The department offers selected courses from this catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty. Specific offerings for each term may be found in the Schedule of Classes.
 

 

Women and Gender Studies

  
  • WGS 321 - Methods of Feminist Analysis

    (4)
    Explores how connections among epistemologies, methodologies and research methods are formed in traditional disciplines. Feminist critiques of these epistemologies. Introduction to feminist critiques of research and to a range of research methods utilized by feminist scholars.
    Prerequisite(s): WGS 200.
  
  • WGS 322 - Women in Modern America

    (4)
    Identical with HST 322.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 160.
  
  • WGS 325 - Issues in Women’s Health

    (4)
    Examines the medical, sociological, political and financial aspects of women’s health issues. Includes an historical look at women’s health in the U.S., the roles women have played in health care and the role of women as health care providers. Identical WHP 325.
  
  • WGS 330 - Women, Crime and Justice

    (4)
    Identical with CRJ 330.
    Prerequisite(s): CRJ 100 or WGS 200.
  
  • WGS 335 - The Family

    (4)
    Identical with SOC 335.
    Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or SOC 205.
  
  • WGS 336 - Sociology of Gender

    (4)
    Identical with SOC 336.
    Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or SOC 205.
  
  • WGS 337 - Women’s Lives in Cross-Cultural Perspective

    (4)
    Identical with AN 337.
    Prerequisite(s): AN 102 or WGS 200.
  
  • WGS 339 - Women in Early Modern Europe

    (4)
    Identical with HST 339.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 160.
  
  • WGS 343 - Gender Discrimination and the Supreme Court

    (4)
    Identical with PS 343.
  
  • WGS 351 - Women in Art

    (4)
    Identical with AH 351.
    Prerequisite(s): AH 101 or WGS 200.
  
  • WGS 352 - Women and Work

    (4)
    Identical with SOC 352.
    Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 or WGS 200.
  
  • WGS 361 - History of American Families

    (4)
    Identical with HST 361. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 160.
  
  • WGS 362 - History of African-American Women

    (4)
    Identical with HST 362. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 160.
  
  • WGS 364 - Gender and Int’l Relations

    (4)
    Identical with PS 364.
  
  • WGS 365 - Women Writing Autobiography

    (4)
    Identical with WRT 365.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 160.
  
  • WGS 370 - Women in Music

    (4)
    Identical with MUS 370.
  
  • WGS 374 - Psychology of Women

    (4)
    Identical with PSY 374.
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 100 or PSY 130.
  
  • WGS 375 - Women in China, 1700 to the Present

    (4)
    Identical with HST 375.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 160.
  
  • WGS 382 - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Education

    (4)
    Examines the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity and education from multiple perspectives. Analyzes current law and educational policy as they relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and families and introduces essentialist and constructivist concepts of sexuality. Immersion/service project required for 4 credits. Satisfies the university general education requirements in U.S. Diversity. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WGS 385 - Historical Archaeology

    (4)
    Identical with AN 385. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the university general education requirement in the social science knowledge exploration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.
    Prerequisite(s): AN 101 or AN 102.
  
  • WGS 387 - Media, Gender and Sexuality

    (4)
    Identical with COM 387.
  
  • WGS 399 - Field Experience in Women and Gender Studies

    (4)
    Field experience in women and gender studies with faculty supervision. An academic project involving field work or community activism around an issue of importance in women and gender studies. May not be repeated for credit.
    Prerequisite(s): junior/senior standing. Minimum of 16 credits in the major including WGS 320, WGS 321 or approval of women’s studies director.
  
  • WGS 400 - Directed Research in Women and Gender Studies

    (4)
    Directed individual study and advanced scholarly research in women and gender studies.
    Prerequisite(s): approval of faculty adviser and women and gender studies director.
  
  • WGS 401 - Advanced Topics in Women and Gender Studies

    (4)
    Course content varies. Representative topics include research methods in women and gender studies.
  
  • WGS 405 - Women and Gender Studies Capstone Course

    (4)
    Provides students the opportunity to integrate their theoretical and practical work in women and gender studies. Students examine a subject using critical analysis and methodological skills, and demonstrate their abilities through class discussion, presentations and critical writing assignments. Satisfies the university general education requirement for the capstone experience. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing. 16 credits in women and gender studies courses including WGS 320 and WGS 321 or approval of women and gender studies director.
  
  • WGS 481 - Gender Socialization in the Schools

    (4)
    Identical with EED 481.

Writing and Rhetoric

  
  • WRT 102 - Basic Writing

    (4)
    Developing writing skills including idea generation and invention, organizational strategies and conventional usage in expository prose. Emphasis on developing fluency and effective writing processes. May be repeated once for additional credit. Graded S/U.
    Corequisite(s): WRT 104 if recommended by instructor after first class meeting.
  
  • WRT 104 - Supervised Study

    (1 or 2)
    Tutorial instruction in areas mutually agreed upon by student and instructor such as independent or academic writing projects. May be taken concurrently with other rhetoric courses (seven weeks or 14 weeks). May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Graded S/U.
  
  • WRT 140 - Critical Thinking and Reading

    (4)
    Analysis of main ideas and organizational patterns used in academic texts, synthesis of different passages for readers’ own purposes, and evaluation of written and digital materials, focusing on non-fiction prose. Emphasis on developing flexible reading skills for personal and professional use.
  
  • WRT 150 - Composition I

    (4)
    Emphasizes the rhetorical and stylistic demands of college writing through focus on experiential, analytical, and expressive writing. Students learn to generate, organize and develop their ideas and to make choices as writers that are appropriate to the rhetorical situation. A grade of 2.0 or higher must be achieved to advance to WRT 160.
    Prerequisite(s): placement by ACT English score, or WRT 102 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
  
  • WRT 160 - Composition II

    (4)
    Methods of writing and research including the use of rhetorical strategies and synthesis of scholarly sources to create academic arguments. Emphasizes processes of writing and revision with a focus on information literacy, critical thinking, and effective communication in diverse rhetorical contexts. A grade of 2.0 or higher must be achieved to satisfy the university general education requirement in the writing knowledge foundation area.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 150 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement.
  
  • WRT 231 - Composing Audio Essays

    (4)
    Explores the rhetorical, ethical, and technical principles of creating personal and ethnographic essays and oral histories for digital audio distribution.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 232 - Writing for New Media

    (4)
    Introduction to the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of web authoring. Examines the rhetorical roles of ethos, logos, and pathos in the construction of online identities; basic theoretical arguments around the construction of identity and community in online contexts; and ethical and stylistic issues surrounding web authorship.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 233 - Digital Storytelling

    (4)
    Explores the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic and technical principles of creating personal, observational, and ethnographic narratives through visual and digital productions - slide shows, graphic-intensive web sites, posters, flip books, and comics.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 305 - Advanced Writing: Various Themes

    (4)
    Students will read and write about and within increasingly complex rhetorical situations within chosen themes. Themes provide opportunity to explore new and emerging genres and contexts for writing, while gaining insight and experience with the importance of writing for various parts of society.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 320 - Peer Tutoring in Composition

    (4)
    Peer tutoring theories and pedagogies, and practical experience in teaching. Work divided between classroom and tutoring assignments. Particularly valuable for majors in the humanities, education, psychology, human services and related fields. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both.
    Prerequisite(s): a grade of 3.0 or better in WRT 160 or its equivalent.
  
  • WRT 329 - Composition Studies

    (4)
    Survey of composition-rhetoric as an academic discipline, including an examination of the history, theory, research, curricula, and practices associated with composition-rhetoric in the university.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 330 - Digital Culture: Identity and Community

    (4)
    Examination of the rhetoric and ethics of internet technology and culture. Introduces theories of digital culture and its effects on both on-line and actual identities and communities, especially in relation to ethnicity, gender, class, physical ability, and sexual orientation. Includes individual and collaborative analysis and construction of Web projects. Identical with COM 330. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 331 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    (4)
    Introduction to the field of professional writing. Examines the theories, practices, technologies, and ethics of professional writing in the workplace.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 332 - Rhetoric of Web Design

    (4)
    An intermediate course in the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of web design. Applies the rhetorical principles and research methods learned in the prerequisite courses to the effective production of web documents.
    Prerequisite(s): WRT 160 and WRT 232 or permission of instructor.
  
  • WRT 334 - Rhetoric and Video Game Culture

    (4)
    Introduction to the rhetorical, ethical, stylistic, and technical principles of video games and gaming culture.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 335 - Writing for Human Resource Professionals

    (4)
    Theory and practice of workplace writing for human resource and management professionals. Emphasizes rhetorical analysis for internal workplace writing situations using formats such as letters, memos, procedures, proposals, and e-mail. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education. Prerequisite for writing intensive and knowledge applications: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 340 - Issues in Writing and Rhetoric Studies

    (4)
    Introduction to important past and present issues in the field of writing and rhetoric. Provides a theoretical and historical foundation for understanding current issues, changes, and challenges for the discipline.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 342 - History of Rhetorical Studies

    (4)
    Examination of major Western rhetoricians and their cultural contexts. Considers the classical roots of modern rhetoric and the influences of rhetoric in other disciplines. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge application integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 350 - Community Service Writing

    (4)
    Focus on the development of writing skills applicable in a community service context, including writing a variety of genres and applying academic research skills to community issues and problems. Community service work required through local agencies or student-initiated organizational contact.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 360 - Global Rhetorics

    (4)
    Traces the contemporary and historical uses of rhetoric and written communication in non-Western cultures. Examines contemporary rhetorical contexts worldwide, including in education, professional writing, and political discourse. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the global perspective knowledge exploration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 364 - Writing About Culture: Ethnography

    (4)
    Development of analytic and collaborative writing skills in the context of ethnographic study. Emphasis on written analysis in a variety of forms including case study analysis and ethno-methodological investigation. Appropriate advanced writing experience for majors in communication, psychology, anthropology, sociology and political science. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Satisfies the university general education requirement in U.S. diversity.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 370 - Special Topics

    (2 or 4)
    Special topics in composition and rhetoric. May be repeated under different subtitles.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 380 - Persuasive Writing: Various Themes

    (4)
    Advanced writing instruction in specific genres such as legal writing, medical writing, and grant writing. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration and writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 381 - Science Writing

    (4)
    Writing to diverse audiences about scientific and technological subjects for a variety of persuasive contexts.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 382 - Business Writing

    (4)
    Instruction in the theory and practice of written, visual, and digital rhetoric within business contexts. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education and knowledge applications integration area.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 386 - Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction

    (4)
    Creative writing workshop with emphasis on stories of real life, balancing artistry and accuracy. May include personal essay, autobiography or travel literature. Student may not receive credit for both ENG 386 and WRT 386. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 394 - Literacy, Technology, and Civic Engagement

    (4)
    Exploration and application of technology in the discipline of writing and rhetoric. Examines the uneven shifts from oral to print to digital literacy, and how those shifts affect the production of knowledge, social relationships, and opportunities for civic engagement.
    Prerequisite(s): completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 414 - Teaching Writing

    (4)
    Examination of and practice in instructional techniques and research in writing pedagogy, and such related issues as assessment and classroom workshops.
    Prerequisite(s): junior standing and WRT 320 or permission of instructor.
  
  • WRT 460 - Writing Across the University: Language and Disciplinary Culture

    (4)
    Interdisciplinary examination of diverse strategies for writing and research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Introduces theories of language as social and cultural action. Students build upon prior knowledge and increase their effectiveness as writers and researchers. Includes individual, collaborative, and field-based research projects. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both.
    Prerequisite(s): junior standing. completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
  
  • WRT 490 - Independent Study

    (1 to 4)
    Special research projects in writing and/or teaching writing. Approved course of study and an authorization form, signed by a faculty member willing to supervise the study, must be submitted to the department the term prior to the term the independent study is taken. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive and knowledge applications: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): one 300-level writing/rhetoric course and permission of instructor.
  
  • WRT 491 - Capstone

    (4)
    Capstone experience developed in consultation with the instructor based on student interests and professional goals. Projects can include both internal and external internship experiences, research assistantships, or thesis projects. May be repeated once in a different setting. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): Declared writing major, junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor.
  
  • WRT 497 - Apprentice College Teaching

    (2 or 4)
    Assisting in teaching an undergraduate course in rhetoric. Includes discussions with the supervising faculty member on the principles, methods and problems of such teaching. May be taken for a total of 4 credits.
    Prerequisite(s): senior standing. WRT 414 and two additional 300-400 level WRT courses. WRT 414 may be taken concurrently.
 

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