Writing and Rhetoric

Writing and Rhetoric
Processes of writing, reading, and research with an emphasis on argumentation and rhetorical analysis.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 NoteFulfills General Education First-Year Writing requirement.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining WRTG 150
Course Outcomes


Use rhetoric responsibly to compose arguments in a variety of genres for specific audiences and purposes.


Critically read texts. This includes:

  1. analyzing how a text functions in a specific situation, community, or public;
  2. analyzing the nuances of language (diction, figures of speech, tone, etc.);
  3. identifying and evaluating the elements of an argument-claims, reasons, assumptions, and ethical, emotional, and logical appeals.


Write coherent and unified texts (effective introductions, clear theses, supporting details, transitions, and strong conclusions) using a flexible and effective writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.


Use style—diction, figurative language, tone, grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics—genre, conventions, and document design correctly and for rhetorical effect.


Navigate the library to locate primary and secondary sources, evaluate the appropriateness and credibility of those sources, and effectively incorporate and accurately document outside sources in a research paper.