English

Writing Courses

 

From the UMSL Bulletin

These include undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, professional writing, and courses in teaching writing and English studies.

1100 First Year Writing (3) [C]
Teaches critical reading and thinking skills and emphasizes writing as a process. Enhances writing skills through a sequence of increasingly focus on problems of invention, organization, development, and revision in essay writing. Fulfills the campus complex writing assignments. Class discussion and small-group workshops freshman writing requirement. Does not count toward the major in English.

1110 Freshman Composition for International Students (3) [C]
Prerequisite: Essay proficiency test or a TOFEL score of 500 or above. Theory and practice of writing expository American prose. Special attention is given to verb tenses, idioms, articles, and syntax. Does not count toward the major in English. This course substitutes for English 1100 in all university requirements.

2080 Advertising Copywriting (3)
Same as Media 1108 To give students a hands-on approach for writing advertising material for print and broadcast against tight deadlines in a professional setting. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

2120 Topics in Writing (3) [C,H]
Prerequisite: Englsh 1100 or equivalent. This course will introduce the student to writing in specific areas. The department will announce topics and course content in the Schedule . Possible topics are Argumentation, Reading and Writing About Public Affairs, Sports Reporting and Writing, and Writing About Science. A student may repeat the course once when topics are different. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3090 Practical Criticism: Writing About Literature (3)
Prerequisites: Englsh 1100 or equivalent and junior standing . The course acquaints students with the techniques and terminology of literary criticism and trains them in the rudiments of writing about literature. Students compose eight to ten practical, critical essays on drama, poetry, fiction, and nonfictional prose. Explication of particular texts is emphasized. A longer critical paper incorporating secondary sources and introducing students to basic methods and resources for research is assigned. The course is required of English majors but is open to all qualified students. Course does not count toward the major in English. May not be taken on satisfactory/unsatisfactory option. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3100 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
Prerequisites: Englsh 1100 or equivalent (3-6 hours). This course further develops the experienced writer's style and analytical capabilities to the level of sophistication necessary for upper-division writing assignments and for academic and professional settings. The course includes complex readings, focuses on persuasion and argumentation, expands upon students' research and documentation skills, and requires research in university libraries. This course fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills. It may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3110 Advanced Expository Writing for International Students (3)
Prerequisite: Englsh 1110 or equivalent. This course will develop the student's style and critical-analytical abilities in contemporary American English writing. The course will also offer an introduction to formal research and documentation methods for preparing papers in a variety of fields. Additional emphasis will be placed on improving the student's reading abilities, both in comprehension and vocabulary. Course satisfies the junior-level communicative skills requirement. May not be taken on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3120 Business Writing (3)
Prerequisites: Englsh 1100 or equivalent (3-6 hours) This course further develops the experienced writer's style and analytical capabilities to the level of sophistication necessary for upper-division writing assignments and for business and professional settings. Writing assignments may include business correspondence, reports, resumes, proposals, analyses, feasibility studies, and articles for in-house publications. The course emphasizes clarity, conciseness, organization, format, style, tone, and mechanical correctness; expands upon students' research and documentation skills; and requires research in university libraries. Fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills. It may not be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3130 Technical Writing (3)
Prerequisites: Englsh 1100 or equivalent (3-6 hours). The major elements of industrial technical writing. Writing assignments include technical definitions, abstracts and summaries, mechanism descriptions, instructions, process analyses, technical reports and proposals. Emphasis is placed on clarity, conciseness, organization, format, style, and tone. The course includes an introduction to research methods and documentation. All readings are selected from industrial material. Fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills, subject to the approval of the student's major department. May not be taken on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3140 News Writing (3)
Same as Commun 3214 Prerequisite: Englsh 1100 or equivalent. An introduction to news writing and reporting. Course covers basic components of news, reporting principles, and news writing style and structure. Daily writing assignments include coverage of speeches, meetings and interviews, accidents, deaths, courts, sports, consumer affairs, and government. Emphasis on clarity, accuracy, and speed. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3150 Feature Writing (3)
Prerequisite: Englsh 1100 or equivalent. Study of free-lance and staff-written magazine or newspaper feature articles. Emphasis on relationship between types of publication and article content, research methods, and writing style. Frequent short assignments--journal entries, interviews, library projects, article critiques, and market reports--lead to production of full-length feature articles. May not be taken on the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3160 Writing in the Sciences (3)
Prerequisite: Englsh 1100 or equivalent (3-6 hours). Designed to teach students how to write effectively in the sciences. Writing assignments include short reports, proposals and a major project. Students are encouraged to select projects that will reflect work in a science course which may include a research or analytical report, a formal proposal or a procedures/ instructions manual. Emphasis is placed on clarity, conciseness, organization, format, style, and tone. The course will include an introduction to research methods and documentation. Fulfills the university's requirement for a junior-level course in communicative skills, subject to the approval of the student's major department. May not be taken on the satisfactory/ unsatisfactory option. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3180 Reporting (3)
Prerequisite: Englsh 3140 or equivalent. Theory and practice of reporting news for publication in the print media. Includes one classroom session and one field assignment weekly. Stories must be filed within deadline limits. Writing emphasis is on clarity, conciseness, and accuracy. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3280 Public Relations Writing (3)
Same as Commun 2228 Prerequisite: Englsh 3140 or equivalent. An introduction to the process of planning, producing, and evaluating written public relations messages. Writing assignments include media releases, letters, memos, position papers, background papers, brochures, and reports and proposals. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

3500 Special Studies (1-3)
Prerequisites: A course in the area of proposed work and consent of instructor. Individual work, with conferences adjusted to needs of the student. May not be used to meet specific English department distribution and language requirements. May be repeated for a maximum total of three hours credit.

4160 Special Topics in Writing (3)
Prerequisites: Englsh 3100 or equivalent. Special topics in writing that are not covered in other 3000-level English courses. Since the topics of Englsh 4160 may change each semester, the course may be repeated for credit if the topics area substantially different and consent of the instructor is given. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

4850 Topics in the Teaching of Writing (3)
[Same as Tch Ed 5850]. Prerequisites: Englsh 3100 or equivalent. Special topics in the practice of and pedagogy of writing designed for in-service teachers. Topics may include writing at specific grade levels, writing/reading workshops, writing in urban settings, writing across the curriculum, action research, new technology, classroom and district-level assessment. May be repeated once for credit if topics differ. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing and the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing.

4860 Editing (3)
Prerequisites: Englsh 3100 or equivalent as judged by instructor; Englsh 2810 or 4810. Introduction to language and processes of editing. Includes copy editing, study of style manuals, and overview of production process. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

4870 Advanced Business and Technical Writing (3)
Prerequisite: Englsh 3100 or its equivalent as judged by instructor. An advanced, project-oriented course to produce substantial, multifaceted business and technical writing projects. These might include reports, manuals, proposals, Web projects, computer documentation, or other advanced written assignments. These projects demonstrate the ability to handle complex assignments requiring initiative, independent work, and professional-level writing skills. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

4880 Writing for Teachers (3)
[Same as Sec Ed 4880]. Designed for prospective as well as in-service teachers, the course includes: (1) writing - short papers to be shared in workshop groups; (2) reading - current theory and research on writing and the implications for teachers; (3) teaching- classroom activities that foster growth in writing. The course counts toward the Certificate in Writing.

4885 The Curriculum and Methods of Teaching English (3)
Prerequisites: Tch Ed 3310 and a near major in the subject area. (Same as Sec Ed 4885). A study of the scope and sequence of the English courses in the school curriculum with emphasis on the selection and organization of materials and methods of instruction and evaluation. The course prepares students for reflective teaching by relating course readings to field experiences and theory to practice. To be taken prior to student teaching and concurrently with Secondary Education Professional Internship, Sec Ed 4989. This course must be completed in residence. Not available for graduate credit.

4888 English Teaching Seminar (2)
Prerequisites: Sec Ed 4885/Englsh 4885 and a near major in the subject area. Same as Sec Ed 4888. A seminar in the integration of English curricula, educational philosophy, teaching strategies, and instructional technology in the classroom setting. To be taken concurrently with Secondary Student Teaching, Sec Ed 4990. Not available for graduate credit.

4890 Independent Writing Project (3)
Prerequisite: Englsh 3100 or its equivalent as judged by instructor. Course limited to students who are completing their certificates in writing. May be taken concurrently with the final course in the certificate sequence. Students work either individually or with an instructor to complete an extensive creative writing project or an internship.

5840 Theories of Writing (3)
An analysis of major modern theories in composition

5850 Studies in Composition (3)
The study of special topics in composition. Topics may include history of composition, psychology of writing, reader-response theory, etc.

5860 Writing/Reading Theory (3)
The parallel evolution of reading and writing theory and pedagogy. Topics include the influence of psycho-linguistics and reader-response theory and the link between reading and writing theory and instruction.

5870 Composition Research (3)
Students analyze and conduct research in composition. Course work teaches students to evaluate methodologies and implications, and to analyze data and to design research.

5890 Teaching College Writing (3)
Provides the opportunity for practical application of composition theory with an emphasis on improving teaching skills. Strongly recommended for graduate teaching assistants.

6880 Gateway Writing Project (3-6)
Same as TchEd 6880. An intensive course in the writing process and the writing curriculum, designed for experienced teachers. Readings of current theory and research will be related to participants' experiences as writers and as teachers. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit. No more than six hours may be applied toward the M.Ed. Counts toward the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing.

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