Featured Courses

Fall 2022

ENGCMP 0440 Critical Writing

Students in ENGCMP 0440 Critical Writing will be trained in the responsible development and articulation of written opinions. Material drawn from various media will be used to help students increase their powers of observation and analysis that they may learn the art of making discriminating evaluations of situations, events, issues, controversies, artifacts and objects. 


ENG CMP 0510 Narratives of the Workplace

Narratives of the Workplace builds on the work of general writing and 400 level course offerings such as written professional communication, writing in the legal professions, and writing for the public by providing students with the opportunity to diversify their writing skills through critically examining workplace narratives and creating an archived presentation based upon workplace experiences or histories. 


ENGCMP 0540 Introduction to Disability Studies 

Introduction to Disability Studies provides students with a foundation for using writing to understand, apply, and critically engage with key concepts and histories that have been crucial to the experiences of people with disabilities, and perceptions and treatment of those with disabilities. Students can expect to explore and write theoretical pieces, first-person accounts, and representations of people with disabilities. They will learn various models of understanding and discussing disability (including the social, medical, individual model, and identity models) and the histories that have shaped the lives, experiences, and perceptions of people with disabilities. Students in the course will have the opportunity to compose rhetorical analyses of popular, public, and professional representations of disability. Historically, disability has been viewed as a deficiency or defect through the lens of religious and, most prominently, medical discourses, locating disability within an individual's body and mind. Seeing disability as a problem to be solved has resulted in significant barriers to access and representation for people with disabilities within all areas of the public sphere. Students will develop their own written critical inquiries into concepts such as normalcy, disability, and barriers to access (including physical, social, attitudinal, legal barriers). This course will not only offer critical interrogations of disability as a construct, but also center the lives and experiences of those with disabilities, viewing disability as a locus of identity and culture. To that end, students will watch documentaries and television media, and read memoir, personal essays, and poetry that present the pride, struggles, and everyday experiences of people with disabilities. Students will also study the Disability Rights Movement and inquiries into identity politics as related to disability as an identity category. The course will invite students to use composition to increase accessibility for those with disabilities and to consider the potentials and limitations of universal design. 


ENGCMP 1130 Projects in Digital Composition

Projects in Digital Composition builds upon Composing Digital Media (ENGCMP 0610) by requiring students to compose original projects in a particular focal area digital media while exploring the rhetorical, poetic, and political implications of that focal area. Where students in Composing Digital Media typically learn how to compose a range of critical media objects using web-authoring languages, text, sound, images, and video, Projects in Digital Composition will give students the opportunity to focus closely on a particular theme or category of multimodal composition. As with Composing Digital Media, theories of writing, composing, design, critique, delivery, remediation, and revision are central to the coursework. The course also emphasizes the importance of self-guided skills acquisition. 


ENGCMP 1270 Projects in Black Rhetoric

Projects in Black Rhetoric centers the formal, purpose, and audience choices made by Black authors as they depict their pasts, presents, and futures. We will encounter Black art across different mediums, ­prose, music, visual and digital arts-that strives to depict Black temporalities and will interact with them in ways that position the students within the complex interplay between Black lived experience and its artistic representations of different understandings of time. Over the course of the semester, students will engage these depictions in a wide variety of ways across multiple writing assignments. 


ENG CMP 1402 Grant Writing for Research

Grant Writing for Research invites students to study practices related to researching and requesting federal funds for a specific project. This course is for those interested in learning: how funding supports projects and research in their aspirant discipline or area of study; the interest areas and differences amongst notable grant-making agencies; how to read requests for proposals; proposal formats; logic models; and how to write and collaborate within a team. Research experience is not needed to enroll, but students should be interested in federal grants, either for their own (future) work or to gain valuable writing knowledge to support others. By the end of the course, students will understand the nature of public-sector grants, their lifecycles, where to find them, and application requirements. Students will also practice writing parts of a proposal (individually and within teams), engage in peer review, and deliver pitches to other teams in the class.




Summer 2022

ENGCMP 0400 Written and Professional Communication 

Written Professional Communication explores the methods of inquiry, analysis and composition characteristic of written communication in professional settings. The course will examine such writing's specialized use of language, conventions and formats, premises, motives, and purposes. By preparing letters, resumes, proposals, reports, etc. Students will get a feel not only for what "professional" communication is, but also for how and why it does, or can, or should function. 


ENGCMP 0420 Writing for the Public

Writing for the Public explores the theory and practice of writing that serves the public interest, including writing for the nonprofit and the governmental sectors of American society. The course will explore the ethics of writing for the public, the impact of rhetorical contexts on writing, and the ways in which writing and revision can allow us to understand a problem or issue in a new way. Students can expect to read examples of writing for the public, conduct significant research, and write in different genres. 


ENGCMP 0560 Writing Arguments

Writing Arguments has two goals: to help students become more adept at understanding and critically analyzing arguments, and to help students become better arguers themselves. Students in "Writing Arguments" will practice composing arguments across a variety of forms, genres, and technologies (written, visual, oral, digital) in order to develop and hone their persuasive language skills. As part of this practice, students will have the opportunity to design and participate in written and oral debates on topics of present interest and to compose their own examples of public persuasive communication. Writing Arguments would be especially appropriate for students headed to law or graduate school.


ENGCMP 0610 Composing Digital Media

Composing Digital Media is a writing course that, through play and experimentation, engages with a wide variety of writing platforms, genres, and styles. We will use different forms of media throughout the writing process to take a close look at rhetorical choices in writing and the poetic, political, and sensory attributes of specific writing platforms. Classes will focus on theories of writing, composing, design, delivery, and accessibility as we each compose one multimodal project for the course.