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Course Title
Course Level
Units
WRIT 1
Introduction to Composition
Lower Division
5 units
Provides declarative knowledge and procedural knowledge about writing, with a special focus on genre, genre conventions, and rhetorical situation. Provides opportunities for composing in a number of genres. Prerequisite(s): course 27 or satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement by permission. Enrollment restricted to first-year students and sophomores. Enrollment limited to 22. (General Education Code(s): C1.)
WRIT 2
Rhetoric and Inquiry
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the intersections of investigation, interpretation, and persuasion and hones strategies for writing and research. Students develop specific, practical ways of improving their writing through sustained critical thinking about diverse issues from multiple points of view. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and C1 requirements. Enrollment restricted to frosh, sophomore and junior students. Enrollment limited to 25. (General Education Code(s): C2.)
WRIT 11A
Adjunct Tutorial in Writing (2 credits per quarter)
Lower Division
2 units
A tutorial designed to provide follow-up assistance in writing for students who have passed the Entry Level Writing Requirement, but wish to continue to work on various aspects of their writing. Counts only for academic standing and financial aid purposes, but does not apply toward degree requirements (i.e., counts as workload credit only). Prerequisite(s): approval of the Writing Program; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 11B
Adjunct Tutorial in Writing (2 credits per quarter)
Lower Division
2 units
A tutorial designed to provide follow-up assistance in writing for students who have passed the Entry Level Writing Requirement, but wish to continue to work on various aspects of their writing. Counts only for academic standing and financial aid purposes, but does not apply toward degree requirements (i.e., counts as workload credit only). Prerequisite(s): approval of the Writing Program; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 11C
Adjunct Tutorial in Writing (2 credits per quarter)
Lower Division
2 units
A tutorial designed to provide follow-up assistance in writing for students who have passed the Entry Level Writing Requirement, but wish to continue to work on various aspects of their writing. Counts only for academic standing and financial aid purposes, but does not apply toward degree requirements (i.e., counts as workload credit only). Prerequisite(s): approval of the Writing Program; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing Requirement. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 20
The Nature of Written Discourse
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the dynamics of written language: its relationships to speech, thought, and culture; its uses in different personal, academic, professional, and public contexts; its abuses in jargon and propaganda. Course work includes extensive practice in different kinds of writing. Enrollment restricted to students who have not passed the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Open to others by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 21
Meaning and Style: The Sentence in Context
Lower Division
5 units
Explores, via cross-cultural readings, the nature, uses, and abuses of language. Course work includes extensive writing, both take-home and in-class. Emphasis on revising for power of expression and for variety and accuracy at the sentence level. Enrollment restricted to students who have not passed the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Open to others by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 22A
Grammar and Editing Workshop
Lower Division
3 units
Offers instruction on selected topics in grammar and conventions of written English as needed to strengthen the writing skills of students whose primary language is not standard English. Provides students practice in applying these concepts to editing their own writing. Designed for entering first-year students. Enrollment restricted to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 22B
Grammar and Editing Workshop
Lower Division
3 units
Offers instruction on selected topics in grammar and conventions of written English as needed to strengthen the writing skills of students whose primary language is not standard English. Provides students practice in applying these concepts to editing their own writing. Designed for continuing students who have already taken course 20 and/or 21. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 23
Grammar and Rhetoric: Language for Writing
Lower Division
5 units
Builds on writing skills gained in previous writing courses; focuses on effective language use in academic writing. Students reinforce their written English proficiency by reading, studying, practicing, and writing structures and patterns of written English. Enrollment restricted to fourth-quarter students who have not passed the Entry Level Writing Requirement. Open to others by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 25
Writing About Place
Lower Division
5 units
Students explore the UCSC discourse community including classroom culture, then widen their lens to include the larger Santa Cruz community. Writing moves beyond the paragraph level to include oral communication and presentation skills. Enrollment through placement examination. Prerequisite(s): placement via examination.
WRIT 26
Writing About Language
Lower Division
5 units
Students explore language acquisition and how to best optimize their own language learning by engaging in a primary research project. Through the research project, students learn to use academic discourse conventions in their own writing. Prerequisite(s): course 25 or placement by examination.
WRIT 27
Writing About Genre
Lower Division
5 units
Using the theme of "Rhetoric and Genre," this course prepares students to transfer into the mainstream composition curriculum by training them to analyze, understand, assess, and successfully produce different genres of writing. Upon passing this course, students satisfy the Entry-level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Prerequisite(s): course 26 or placement by examination.
WRIT 64
Newswriting Workshop
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to the basic techniques of newswriting, including practice in leads, formats, and different kinds of news reporting. Emphasis on developing skills in research, interviewing, and shaping stories. Includes an examination of the contemporary media. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, instructor determination at first class meeting. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 70
Communication and Rhetoric: An Introduction
Lower Division
5 units
This course introduces the field of contemporary communication studies, locating its roots in rhetoric and showing how key concepts play out in mass media and other settings as well as in everyday life. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing requirement.
WRIT 93
Field Study
Lower Division
5 units
For lower-division students: supervised study within commuting distance of campus. May include internships at magazines, newspapers, publishing houses, or newsletters of corporations, and civic or service organizations. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing requirement; certification of adequate preparation; approval of Writing Program. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 93F
Field Study
Lower Division
2 units
For lower-division students: supervised study within commuting distance of campus. May include internships at magazines, newspapers, publishing houses, or newsletters of corporations, and civic or service organizations. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 101
Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Rhetoric
Upper Division
5 units
A survey of classical and contemporary ideas about rhetoric which explores, practically and theoretically, "the best means of persuasion in any situation whatsoever" and will consider the nature of human discourse in diverse areas of knowledge. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to college members.
WRIT 102
The Rhetoric of the Social Sciences
Upper Division
5 units
Develops rhetorical facility in disciplinary writing for upper-division social science majors. Requires critical and disciplinary reading, writing in modes appropriate to social science disciplines, and a substantial research or critical paper within the student's own discipline. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.
WRIT 103
Rhetoric of the Natural Sciences
Upper Division
5 units
This course explores writing genres within the natural sciences. Emphasis is on the relationships between good science and good writing, clear thinking and clear writing. Frequent papers and substantive revisions required. Prerequisite(s): completion of 10 units coursework in the natural sciences, satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors during priority enrollment. Enrollment limited to 30.
WRIT 104
Writing in the Arts
Upper Division
5 units
A writing course focusing on the purposes and composition of various genres of writing about and in the performing arts, visual arts, and music such as reviews, program and exhibit notes, journal and magazine articles, grant proposals, and press releases. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 30.
WRIT 106
Public Speaking
Upper Division
5 units
Students learn strategies to write, analyze, and deliver effective speeches of various kinds as well as professional presentations using PowerPoint and other visuals. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 25.
WRIT 107
Technical and Business Writing: An Overview
Upper Division
5 units
An exploration of the conventions and formats of business and technical writing. Course work involves writing effective resumes, proposals, letters, end-user manuals, and the fundamentals of Web site design. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 30.
WRIT 108
Electronic Communication
Upper Division
5 units
An introduction to the evolving conventions of effective Web site design as well as collaborative writing. Course work includes evaluation of Web site content and structure and creation of hypertext. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 24.
WRIT 109
Argument and Practical Reasoning
Upper Division
5 units
An investigation of contemporary persuasive discourse with special attention to the elements and forms of argument, the nature of evidence, questions of validity and probability, and the workings of rhetorical reasoning. Emphasizes the analysis of arguments rather than their construction. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 40.
WRIT 110A
Writing in the Professions
Upper Division
5 units
Study of writing required in the selected professions, including law, politics, and government. Considers the rhetoric of each discipline and relevant texts. Includes lectures from visiting professionals and a series of writing assignments based on reading and research. Topic may vary from year to year, focusing on the rhetoric of other professional divisions: medicine, engineering, economics, and so forth. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 40.
WRIT 120
Editing English Prose
Upper Division
5 units
This course offers extended, detailed instruction in editing one's own and other people's prose for accuracy, clarity, appropriateness, and effectiveness. It provides some history of theories of style and stylistic analysis, and instruction in prose variation according to social context. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 40.
WRIT 159
Grammar for Tutors and Teachers
Upper Division
3 units
English grammar from a pedagogical perspective, emphasizing structures, patterns, and conventions of written English that commonly challenge basic writers. Students learn strategies for helping multilingual and other writers improve their writing skills by increasing their awareness of grammar. Prerequisite(s): course 169, or by instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 45.
WRIT 161
Academic Writing and Research Methods
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces library and field research methods and also provides instruction and practice in writing from research, addressing issues such as voice, argument, and documentation. Students write four lengthy essays and do considerable informal writing. Course 161 includes sections for re-entry women, transfer students, and students in the EOP Faculty Mentor Program. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Students should contact the instructor for enrollment information. Enrollment limited to 20.
WRIT 163
Advanced Workshop in Expository Writing
Upper Division
5 units
A composition course for students who, having mastered basic writing skills, wish to concentrate on increasing their effectiveness as rhetoricians, prose stylists, and editors. Assignments include writing and revising essays, responding to other students' work, and reading published essays. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 22. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 165
Practicum in Reporting
Upper Division
5 units
In-depth, community-based reporting, with an emphasis on skills ranging from interviewing techniques to profiles, integrating research with writing. Students choose a specific area or "desk" of concentration, and all the stories reflect that beat. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; a writing sample, completed in class, is required at first class meeting. Enrollment restricted to journalism minors during priority enrollment. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 166A
Magazine Writing
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces students to the various forms of magazine writing, as well as to pertinent reporting techniques. Students work intensively on process, style, and editing, producing numerous formal and informal pieces. Enrollment priority will be given to journalism minors. Students produce a writing sample on the first day of class. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; course 64 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 166B
Investigative Reporting
Upper Division
5 units
Students acquire basic investigative and research skills, with particular emphasis on how to develop investigative subjects, obtain data, check accuracy, and convert information into well written, publishable articles. Priority given to students concentrating in journalism. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; interview with instructor to review journalism portfolio. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 166D
Minorities in Journalism
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on the minority press and how it has shaped journalism in the U.S. as well as viewing how the media has dealt with this segment of our society. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 22.
WRIT 166J
Online Journalism
Upper Division
5 units
A course in using electronic sources to report articles for publication and in publishing journalistic pieces online. Prerequisite(s): course 64 or journalism experience; instructor determination at first class meeting. Enrollment limited to 25.
WRIT 166N
The Rhetoric of Radio
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the theory and practice of radio. Students explore how the formats of radio create its meaning, and investigate radio's place in the landscape of the media, particularly in the U.S. and Mexico. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry level Writing and Composition requirements and consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 25.
WRIT 167
Making the News
Upper Division
5 units
A writing course examining news and feature articles in popular print media. Students write their own articles and analyze how a particular content is mandated by conventional forms, by the structure of the industries, and by ideas of "newsworthiness." Designed for journalism minors and students for whom a course in media criticism is central to their program. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; qualifications determined by instructor at first class meeting. Enrollment limited to 43.
WRIT 169
Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing
Upper Division
3 units
An introduction to theory and research on the composing process and practical strategies for teaching writing, especially in tutorial situations. Recommended for writing assistants. Prerequisite(s): instructor determination at first class meeting; course intended for writing tutors only. Enrollment limited to 30. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
WRIT 180
Seminar in Editing and Publishing
Upper Division
5 units
Newswriting seminar for City on a Hill editors and writers. Weekly sessions evaluate newspaper in depth, including writing, reporting, and issues in journalism ranging from ethics to legal questions. Prerequisite(s): instructor determination at first class meeting; open only to editors, interns, and writers at City on a Hill Press. Enrollment limited to 40. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 189
Methods of Teaching Writing
Upper Division
5 units
Supervised by a writing instructor, each student attends a weekly seminar on teaching writing and either assists in a class or serves as a facilitator of a small writing group in a course at UCSC or a public school. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 191A
Internship in Writing
Upper Division
5 units
Regular writing for newspaper or magazine. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 191B
Internship in Editing
Upper Division
5 units
Work in an editorial position involving critique and guidance of reporters. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 191C
Internship in Publishing
Upper Division
5 units
All phases of work for a publishing house, from manuscript reading to editorial. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 191D
Internship in Broadcasting
Upper Division
5 units
Writing, editing, scheduling, and/or broadcast work for television or radio. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 192
Directed Student Teaching
Upper Division
5 units
Teaching of a lower-division seminar under faculty supervision. (See course 42.) Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 193
Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
For upper-division students: supervised study within commuting distance of the campus. May include internships at magazines, newspapers, publishing houses, or newsletters of corporations, and civic or service organizations. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing requirement; students submit petition to sponsoring agency.
WRIT 193F
Field Study
Upper Division
2 units
For upper-division students: supervised study within commuting distance of the campus. May include internships at magazines, newspapers, publishing houses, or newsletters of corporations, and civic or service organizations. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 194
Group Tutorial
Upper Division
5 units
A writing, editing, or publishing project undertaken by a small group of students under the direct supervision of a writing instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment limited to 15. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 195
Senior Thesis
Upper Division
5 units
Individual work on a thesis for any campus major or individual major. Faculty in the Writing Program help students on all phases of work, from selection and focus to development of bibliographies, research techniques, revision, and editing. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 196
Developing and Editing Field Documentation
Upper Division
2 units
Helps students transform field documentation into fully developed, professional projects. Employs a weekly production schedule and teaches principles of rhetoric as a means of effectively selecting and arranging documentary materials. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; interview with instructor to review documentary materials. Enrollment limited to 20.
WRIT 198
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
5 units
Individual study for which faculty supervision is possible only by correspondence. May include internships at newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, or the newsletters of corporations, and civic or service organizations. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing requirement; students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 198F
Independent Field Study
Upper Division
2 units
Individual study for which faculty supervision is possible only by correspondence. May include internships at newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, or the newsletters of corporations, and civic or service organizations. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. May be repeated for credit.
WRIT 202
Writing and Learning Seminar
Graduate
3 units
Strategies for teaching assistants to help undergraduates become better learners and writers in disciplinary courses. Topics include using writing to improve reading and thinking, analysis of assignments, avoiding plagiarism, responding to and evaluating papers, ESL writers, peer response, and technological aids. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 30.
WRIT 203
Teaching Writing
Graduate
5 units
Prepares graduate students to teach first-year composition at UCSC and elsewhere. Development of a syllabus, teaching strategy, and class plans based on study of composition and rhetorical theories, research on students' writing development, and effective writing pedagogies. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 18.