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Advanced Writing Course Descriptions

English 300: Connect

Connect is the advanced writing course that will immerse students in the process of creating texts for different audiences and focus on developing the skills of rhetorical awareness, analytical reading, research, and synthesis. Students undertake multiple, interconnected writing tasks to critically examine issues in liberal education and connect educational experiences to their future roles as a citizens and professionals. Students enrolled in Advanced Writing / Connect conduct research that relates to the economic, cultural, technological, and environmental impacts of a public issue or debate in order to reach a greater understanding of the University Studies Program's signature questions.

English 300, Advanced Writing / Connect, will use the three signature questions of UWO’s University Studies Program (USP) as tools for analyzing, researching, and composing arguments about contemporary public issues:

  • how do people understand and engage in community life?
  • how do people understand and create a more sustainable world?
  • how do people understand and bridge cultural differences?

Students compose a minimum of 6000 words during the semester, of which at least 2500 will be based on sustained analysis and researched of a significant topic or issue. Researching, writing, and revising multiple drafts of a final 1800-word researched essay will comprise the final unit of the course. This essay will explore an answer to a specific research question about a particular public issue of local, national, or global importance and make an argument for a specific perspective about the issue based on research. These relationships will be established through interdisciplinary investigation of the issue, which may include participant observation, interviews, and study of published popular and scholarly sources.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: Core Values

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: Essential Learning Outcomes

AAC&U: Statement on Liberal Learning

University Studies Program Website (USP)

Prerequisites: English 300 serves as the "Capstone" of the USP. Quest I, II, III, Quest Speaking (Comm 111), and Quest Writing (WBIS 188, or English 101, or English 110) or Quest III and WBIS (WBIS 188), English 101, or English 110.

English 310 Honors Advanced Composition

An advanced composition course for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. This course is designed to enhance proficiency in critical reading and thinking and in expository writing.

Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.), including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 121,English 202, or consent of department chair. English 310 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 316, 317, 318, 321, or 389.

English 312 Advanced Writing

In English 312: Advanced Writing students will investigate liberal education, a humanist philosophy emphasizing that a broad education is the basis for a civil society. Throughout the course, students will analyze, research, and compose arguments about contemporary public issues.

The first unit of this course will engage students in a broad discussion of the purpose of a liberal education through shared readings, class discussion, and reflective writing. The classes will examine historical and contemporary perspectives about the function and value of liberal education, particularly in relation to efforts of colleges and universities to promote responsible global citizenship.

Throughout the semester, reading, discussion, and analytical writing will enable students to compare diverse perspectives on local, national, and global issues. Students will conduct their own research, assembling a multi-disciplinary annotated bibliography with a critical analysis of the way that the sources approach the issue similarly and differently.

In English 312, students will compose a minimum of 6000 words during the semester, of which at least 2500 will be based on sustained analysis and researched of a significant topic or issue. Researching, writing, and revising multiple drafts of a final 1800-word researched essay will comprise the final unit of the course. This essay will explore an answer to a specific research question about a particular public issue of local, national, or global importance and make an argument for a specific perspective about the issue based on research. These relationships will be established through interdisciplinary investigation of the issue, which may include participant observation, interviews, and study of published popular and scholarly sources. 

PrerequisiteWBIS (WBIS 188), English 101, or English 110, and a minimum of 45 credits.

 

Marguerite Helmers, Advanced Writing Director, helmers@uwosh.edu

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