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WRIT 100 | Intro to College Writing

WRIT 100 serves to initiate students into the writing process that enables most students to produce, clear, meaningful, and intellectually valuable prose. The course is a writing-intensive workshop that stresses the development of thinking and writing abilities through frequent writing assignments that engage freewriting, brainstorming, receiving and giving feedback to peers, revising through multiple drafts, and editing. While Introduction to College Writing may be taken as an elective, it is required for those students whose performance during the First-Year Writing placement process indicates the need for intensive writing instruction before taking WRIT 105. 


Writing Studio Pilot | Course Description

The Writing Studio is a course redesign for WRIT courses that combines collaborative teaching, student-directed learning, on and off-site class-based activities, and a range of technological tools to accomplish the learning outcomes and course objectives established by the First-Year Writing Program. The course involves a four-instructor faculty team that "shares" thirteen sections in a studio space with an open work floor and attached classrooms. Class is organized around three major, required parts--studio attendance (featuring discussion sessions and workshops), studio tasks (both online and face-to-face), and the submission of a writing portfolio.


WRIT 105 | College Writing I

WRIT 105 is a writing-intensive workshop designed to develop thinking and writing abilities through frequent writing assignments based on critical response to intellectually challenging questions. We emphasize the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, using peer and teacher critique, editing, and proofreading. The course requires three essays, each of which undergoes a series of drafts and revisions, and at least one of which includes external research beyond assigned course readings. In lieu of a final exam, students complete a portfolio of revised writing. 


WRIT 106 | College Writing II

WRIT 106 builds on the basic writing strategies taught in WRIT 105 and extends the goal of helping students to become effective writers of intellectual arguments in response to literary works of fiction, poetry and drama. Students continue to practice and develop as writers, but the focus in this course is on reading and interpreting literary texts. A minimum of 6000 words of formal writing, including at least one documented essay that engages students in the process of academic research, is required. 


WRIT 201 | Intro to Professional Writing

WRIT 201 is an introduction to the practices and theories of professional and public writing. Students will gain experience with a variety of writing tasks, and they will compose documents to identify or solve problems, raise readers' awareness, or help readers make decisions. Students will learn methods of analyzing situations, and for discovering and implementing strategies to meet the unique demands of each new situation and task. Students will study a range of written artifacts to gain understanding of the rhetorical challenges and strategies other writers have encountered.



WRIT 208 | Digital Writing

WRIT 208 explores how people write digitally, through multiple modalities and in varied contexts. Digital writers make use of all semiotic channels to communicate effectively among different groups and for different purposes, and thus students in this course will analyze and produce texts that combine alphabetic writing with audio, video, and images. Classical rhetorical principles such as kairos, invention, delivery, purpose, pathos, audience, and arrangement will provide the foundation for discussing how authors can effectively deploy messages in digital contexts. This course will balance production and analysis, with students creating and critiquing digital texts.



WRIT 280 | Rhetorical Theory

WRIT 280 allots for the study of rhetoric from the classical period to the present. Students will gain a working knowledge of rhetorical terms and an understanding of major theoretical trends. The course includes examination of major primary source materials, both spoken and written, with an emphasis on the place of rhetoric in civic, political, and cultural contexts.


GLQS 100 | Intro to LGBTQ Studies

GLQS 100 introduces students to current research in the study of same-sex individuals, relationships and communities and the social construction framework for analyzing contemporary gendered identities, sexualities, and and the discourse and practices that maintain them.


COM 101 | Foundations of Communication

COM 101 introduces students to fundamental aspects of communication, including theory, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, and listening. These principles are applied to communication with individuals, small groups, and the public. Outside preparation activities include completing of assignments and preparing oral presentations.


EOF | Education Opportunity Fund
Critical Reading & Popular Culture Courses

The Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) program is a University- and state-sponsored program in which a select number of entering freshman are chosen to participate. 

The EOF program offers academic and financial assistance to qualifying New Jersey residents from backgrounds of educational and economic need who demonstrate strong evidence of the commitment, motivation, and potential for scholastic success, as well as interest in completing a Fairleigh Dickinson University education. 


WRT 051 | English Basic Skills

This course is the first part of a two-course basic skills sequence designed to improve fundamental academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and critical thinking. Class instruction emphasizes the development of writing, literal and interpretive comprehension of reading texts, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation, and vocabulary. At least 50 minutes per week of this five-hour course meets in a computer lab where there is opportunity for individualized instruction.


WRT 101 | English Composition I

English Composition I is a three-credit, general education course that gives students the opportunity for extensive practice in critical reading and thinking, and in writing expository prose. The course emphasizes the writing process and concentrates on the organization and development of ideas in written form. Correct language usage, research skills, and document presentation are covered. Particular attention is
given to writing techniques that will enable the
student to communication successfully in various tasks.

WRT 201 | English Composition II

English Composition II is a three-credit, general education education course that continues the emphasis of Composition I on expository/analytical writing, with a greater focus on critical thinking and writing in response to the class readings of short stories, poetry, and drama. Students will learn to evaluate and respond to the ideas that they encounter within the selections. The course will aim to develop students' writing skills, essential for the production of persuasive, well-supported essays.