Programs

Writing

The Writing Minor at Cottey is designed to give students the strategies and flexible practices to successfully communicate in a variety of writing situations. Many of our students are interested in writing, editing, and teaching; however, a Writing Minor is a powerful addition to any major at Cottey. Writing is not just for English majors; it’s necessary for communicating within academic settings, the professional world, and the public sphere.

The Writing Minor prepares students to become reflective and articulate communicators, capable of meeting the expectations of writing in their professional lives. Students will develop the rhetorical understanding necessary to navigate questions of purpose, audience, context, and genre that arise across many contexts.

Students in the Writing Minor will work individually and collaboratively on writing projects across a number of genres for a variety of audiences.

Key: f = every fall; s = every spring; xf = every other fall; xs = every other spring; y = occasionally

WRI 200 Introduction to Writing Studies (f)
Prerequisite: WRI 102 College Writing 2 or permission of the instructor
An introduction to the discipline of Writing Studies. Through immersion in and engagement with scholarship, students will gain more nuanced understanding of writing, the teaching and study of writing, and changing principles of the field; additionally, students will analyze and compose in a variety of academic genres. 3 credits

WRI 290 Studies in Writing (s)
Prerequisite: WRI 102 College Writing 2 or permission of the instructor
Studies in Writing courses provide students with the opportunity to explore various subjects in the field of Writing Studies. These courses introduce disciplinary knowledge and provide writing-intensive experiences in various genres. 3 credits

WRI 291 Introduction to Genre in Writing Studies (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 102 College Writing 2 or permission of the instructor
This course introduces students to genre theory, research, and pedagogies situated within the field of Writing Studies, specifically Composition/Rhetoric. Coursework will include but is not limited to research projects, textual analysis, genre critique, and presentations. 3 credits

WRI 292 Introduction to Professional Writing (s)
Prerequisites: WRI 102 College Writing 2 OR permission of instructor
Introduction to writing about technical subjects within a professional setting. Students create job documents and write reports, instructions, emails, and memos; develop audience awareness; receive instruction on document layout and design; and collaborate in a group project to produce a written report of and presentation on the group’s primary research. 3 credits

WRI 293 Introduction to Primary Research (y)
Prerequisites: WRI 102 College Writing 2 OR permission of instructor
This course introduces students to the practice of primary research, focusing on qualitative research methods with some introduction to quantitative research methods. Students will learn about data collection methods, data collection tools, research ethics and IRB protocol, and how to write up and present the findings of original research. The course culminates in students proposing and conducting their own small primary research project. 3 credits

WRI 294 Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (y)
Prerequisites: WRI 102 College Writing 2 OR permission of instructor
This course introduces students to the study of rhetoric by exploring its role in theoretical, pedagogical, and practical arenas. Students will attend to both historical and contemporary rhetorical situations. Coursework will include critical reading, rhetorical analysis, researched projects, and composition in multiple genres. 3 credits.

WRI 295 Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy (y)
Prerequisites: WRI 102 College Writing 2 OR permission of instructor
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of Writing Center Studies. Students will learn about the history and emergence of writing centers in the United States, study seminal texts surrounding writing centers, learn the practices of working with writers in writing centers, observe tutoring sessions, and learn the specifics of the Cottey College Writing Center. Coursework will include critical reading and reflection, observations of recorded and live sessions, researched projects, implementation of tutoring strategies through participation in writing center sessions, and composition in multiple genres. 3 credits

WRI 251 Creative Writing (xf)
Prerequisite: FWS 101 First-Year Writing Seminar OR permission of instructor
Introduction to writing of poetry and fiction, with emphasis on contemporary practice of both. Students will familiarize themselves with contemporary short fiction writers and poets in English, working to develop a personal aesthetic of the craft. 3 credits

WRI 390 Special Topics in Writing (f)
Prerequisite: Any 200-level WRI course OR permission of the instructor
These courses provide a deeper exploration of special topics within the field of Writing Studies, reinforces disciplinary knowledge, and provides writing-intensive experiences in various genres. 3 credits

WRI 391 Style and Editing (y)
Prerequisite: ENG 290 English Grammar and Usage OR permission of the instructor
Students will be introduced to the principles, methods, and styles of technical editing and will apply that knowledge by practicing editing techniques with real editing tasks and clients. Designed for students who want to learn more about writing and editing, become better writers, and/or assist others in becoming better writers. 3 credits

WRI 392 Environmental Writing and Rhetoric (y)
Prerequisite: Any 200-level WRI course OR permission of the instructor
This course focuses on how competing discourses define our relationship to the natural world, frame environmental problems, and argue for public action. Through readings and discussions, students will seek an awareness of environmental issues and develop a critical approach to the rhetoric used in these debates through textual and visual analysis. There will be a focus on historical naturalist essays as well as more recent pieces in environmental writing including more argumentative readings. 3 credits

WRI 393 Digital and Multimodal Composition (y)
Prerequisite: Any 200-level WRI course OR permission of the instructor
This course introduces fundamental concepts of digital and multimodal writing for audiences across a variety of platforms with an emphasis on the interaction of the medium and the message. Theories of digital and visual rhetorics will be presented as well as the effect of interactivity, both document-to-reader and reader-to-document. Students in this course will develop the vocabulary and practical skills to create, collaborate on, and deliver digital documents in a variety of media to real audiences and users. 3 credits

WRI 394 Authorship (y)
Prerequisite: Any 200-level WRI course OR permission of the instructor
This course introduces students to the concept of authorship as a theoretical lens. We will explore questions pertaining to authorship, such as ownership, intellectual property, plagiarism, remix, and who gets to be an author. Students will read critically and write in multiple genres. 3 credits

WRI 395 The Rhetoric of Stand-up Comedy (y)
Prerequisite: Any 200-level WRI course OR permission of the instructor
This course explores the genre of stand-up comedy by focusing on specific types of rhetorical analysis. Students will collect, analyze, and report on the performance work of female comedians; read critically; and write in multiple genres. 3 credits

WRI 396 Fiction Writing (y)
Prerequisite: WRI 251 Creative Writing
The course offers advanced study of writing literary fiction, both the short story and the novel. Readings support the art and craft of contemporary fiction writing. Workshops for student writing will be conducted. 3 credits

WRI 397 Teaching Writing (y)
Prerequisite: Any 200-level WRI course OR permission of the instructor
An advanced course focused on writing pedagogies. Students will explore theories, research, and conversations informing the teaching of writing in Higher Education, and will prepare materials designed for high-school writing instruction 3 credits

WRI 400 Writing Minor Portfolio
Prerequisite: This course is open only to Writing Minor students. Students must be in their final semester at Cottey to enroll in WRI 400. Enrollment is by instructor permission only.
Culmination of the student’s work in the Writing Minor. Under the direction of an English faculty member, students will compile a selection of written materials to demonstrate understanding of the Writing Studies field; successful composition in multiple genres; ability to make effective rhetorical choices; and pursuit of Cottey learning outcomes. 1 credit; pass/fail

Michael Emery, Ph.D.
Professor of English
218 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2232
memery@cottey.edu

Melody Denny, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Writing Center Director
137 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2245
mdenny@cottey.edu

Mary Laughlin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
138 Rubie Burton Academic Center
417-667-6333, ext. 2183
mlaughlin@cottey.edu

Course # Course Title Credit Hrs. Cred. Req.
Required Core 4
WRI 200 Introduction to Writing Studies 3
WRI 400 Writing Minor Portfolio 1
Choose two 6
WRI 251 Creative Writing 3
WRI 291 Introduction to Genre in Writing Studies 3
WRI 292 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
WRI 293 Introduction to Primary Research 3
WRI 294 Introduction to Rhetorical Studies 3
WRI 295 Writing Center Theory and Pedagogy 3
ENG 290 English Grammar and Usage 3
Choose three 9
WRI 391 Style and Editing 3
WRI 392 Environmental Writing and Rhetoric 3
WRI 393 Digital and Multimodal Composition 3
WRI 394 Authorship 3
WRI 395 The Rhetoric of Stand-Up Comedy 3
WRI 396 Fiction Writing 3
WRI 397 Teaching Writing 3
Total Credits: 19