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Writing Program Courses

Courses in or affiliated with the UC Merced Writing Program

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Writing 001: Academic Writing: Development of critical reading, thinking, and academic writing ability. Intensive practice in analysis of college-level texts and in expository writing and revision. Section placement based on the student’s UC Entry Level Writing Requirement Exam score. Completion with a grade of C or better meets University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement..
Core 001 (The World at Home): Provides foundation for UC Merced’s general education program with a strong emphasis on writing, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and understanding events in their historical and cultural contexts. CORE 001 is designed to introduce students to UC Merced’s faculty, our research, and the academic fields in which we work.
Writing 010 (Reading & Composition): Development of college-level skills in effective use of language, analysis and argumentation, organization and strategies for creation, revision and editing.
Writing 011 (Supplemental Instruction): Supervised by a supplemental instructor, students will complete 1 unit of additional work on reading and writing aligned with the curriculum of another lower division Writing Program course (e.g., WRI 010) or writing-intensive course (e.g., CORE 001).
Writing 025 (Introduction to Creative Writing): Introduction to the craft of writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Students study literary devices and style by considering a variety of texts by published authors. In addition, we provide an opportunity to explore their own imaginative participation in the world around them. They also compose poems, short stories, and literary essays.
Writing 030 (Introduction to Professional Writing): Students develop proficiency in forms of written communication typical in academic and professional settings. In addition, students perform critical analyses of texts within a variety of rhetorical modes. Assignments emphasize responsible and ethical practices in writing to communicate in the professional world.
Writing 040 (Humanities Writing): Rhetorical conventions in history, the arts and literature will be introduced with opportunity to practice writing in humanities genres and explore stylistic mediums, analytical strategies, and research methods in the humanities.
Writing 90 (Intersections of Creative and Professional Writing): This course offers opportunities to reflect on fundamental activities that benefit multiple genres of writing. While traditional writing courses are product-driven ("you will learn to write a poem," "you will learn to write a marketing analysis," "you will learn to write an academic essay"), WRI 90 focuses instead on understanding and practicing compositional strategies -- like brainstorming, using metaphor, imagination exercises, adapting and translating, narrating, auditioning concepts, and collaborating -- foundational to many forms of written expression.
Writing 092 (Internship in Writing): Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to writing in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of writing. Students write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of writing.
Writing 095 (Lower Division Undergraduate Research): Supervised research.
Writing 098 (Lower Division Directed Group Study)
Writing 099 (Lower Division Individual Study)
Writing 100 (Advanced Writing): An emphasis on development of style, voice and syntax within writing projects. As a pre-professional writing course, it will include readings and writing in creative non-fiction as well as writing for popular and academic periodicals.
Writing 101 (Writing in the Disciplines: Psychology): Intended for psychology majors and majors in closely related disciplines, this course refines a student’s ability to analyze, synthesize, and explain complex information by producing professional written texts and oral reports for appropriate audiences. Using APA style, each student will also collaborate on a research project..
Writing 104 (Personal Style and Formal Writing): Examining current and historical issues of grammar, style, and usage, students will refine their personal style as writers while they also strengthen their command of formal academic discourse.
Writing 105 (Grammar and Style): An introduction to some basic principles of language study, including the key distinction between classifying and explaining grammatical forms and functions. Building on principles of grammar study, students will analyze style in texts representing various genres and formats that range from literary to conversational to disciplinary discourse.
Writing 110 (Tutor Training): To gain experience in the tutoring process, students will examine theoretical and practical parameters of learning to write. Pedagogies for working with a diverse student population are addressed through readings, reflective journals, research, writing projects and a practicum.
Writing 111 (Course-Embedded Tutor Training): Provides opportunities to engage in reflective practices, review of composition theory, research peer education pedagogy and to gain experience tutoring and assisting in classroom and consultative support to entry-level writers. Students reflect and synthesize through readings, reflective journals, writing projects and a practicum.
Writing 112 (Writing in the Arts): An upper-division course within our Writing Minor Program and a General Education requisite, with subjects including Studio Art, Art History, Music, Cinema and Media, Performance Studies and Architecture. This course will use the medium of Arts to build critical inquiry and advanced composition skills.
Writing 114 (Environmental Writing): Technical, scientific, policy, journalistic, and nonfiction writing focused on environmental science, for the purposes of critical inquiry and advanced composition skills. With potential applications in environmental research, advocacy, art, this course provides opportunity to theorize the idea of place, analyze local environmental issues, and explore integrated and applied writing processes.
Writing 115 (Topics in Science Writing): To better understand the difficult process of explaining technical information in clear, accessible, non-technical language, students read widely in the scientific literature, including works by established science journalists and by prominent scientists who have written for the general public. Oral presentations and group projects complement various writing tasks.
Writing 116 (Science Writing in Natural Sciences): To improve their command of scientific discourse, students in the School of Natural Sciences read widely in scientific literature, including research published in established scientific journals and articles or books by prominent scientists who have written for the general public. Oral presentations and group projects complement various writing tasks.
Writing 117 (Writing for the Social Sciences and Humanities): Analysis and practice of various research methods and forms of writing in the social sciences and humanities including qualitative/ethnographic, quantitative, interpretive and theoretical. Writing projects such as literature reviews, proposals, case studies, scientific reports, interviews. Attention to disciplinary resources, formal conventions, graphics and style.
Writing 118 (Management Communication Theory and Practice): Students analyze and demonstrate effective managerial communication skills, with an emphasis on public speaking, presentations, and writing. Topics include business ethics, media relations, intercultural communication, interviewing, persuasion, and the visual representation of data. Extensive work in impromptu oral and written communication in various managerial, organizational, interpersonal situations.
Writing 119 (Writing for Engineering): Intensive practice in the presentation of technical subject matter. Students survey the range of audiences to which engineering communities respond, and explore variations in the style and logic of written discourse within the profession. Assignments may include technical reports, design projects, project proposals, press releases, oral presentations, and collaborative projects.
Writing 120 (Rhetorical Theory): Intensive study in classical and contemporary theories of written rhetoric. The course enables students to analyze, criticize and deploy rhetorical strategies via readings in rhetorical theory, application of theory to the criticism of texts, and the imitation and production of arguments.
Writing 121 (International Rhetoric): Focused on non-Western authors writing in English (and sometimes in translation), students will identify and analyze various cultural contexts that shape rhetorical choices and styles. Centered on one or two specific geographic regions, historical moments or genres, this course fosters critical engagement with rhetorical analysis, linguistic adaptations, and composition styles.
Writing 125 (Topics in Creative Writing): Provides an opportunity to pursue advanced work in creative writing by focusing on one genre: poetry, fiction, drama, or creative nonfiction. The course will follow a workshop format.
Writing 130 (Topics in Professional Writing): Specialized, practical instruction in one aspect of professional writing, considering important factors such as clarity, tone, audience, ethics, and context. Topics include (but are not limited to) journalism, writing for digital media, technical writing, copy-editing, writing for the Internet, and research for writers. With instructor permission, this course can be repeated for credit as topics change.
Writing 131 (Journal Production): Intended for students working on the Undergraduate Research Journal, we examine issues of journal production in print and electronic forms, including editorial analysis of texts and principles of revision. Course work is adjusted to match each student’s experience in publication.
Writing 140 (Topics in Ethnic Writing): Refines students abilities to analyze, synthesize, apply, and explain complex rhetorical forms for appropriate audiences. Intensive study in theories of oral and written rhetoric related to Chicana/o rhetorical discourses. The course emphasizes readings in rhetorical theory, criticism, and formal argument. Students will also submit a cumulative writing portfolio.
Writing 141 (Writing Narrative for Archaeology): An integration of archaeological knowledge with narrative and analytical writing. Students develop research and writing skills while learning to use and disseminate knowledge gained by producing creative, culturally sensitive, and factually supported texts.
Writing 150 (Seminar in Creative Writing): In this advanced workshop students will produce creative and critical work in one of the following genres: fiction, playwriting, poetry, or creative nonfiction.
Writing 155 (Seminar in Professional Writing): This seminar is based on case studies representing different contexts of professional writing. Specific attention will be devoted to technical writing for the representation of complex information in a form that is accessible to general readers. Elements of translation theory will also be reviewed.
Writing 160 (Seminar in Editing): This workshop course on editing examines grammar and style, documentation, manuscript solicitation, selection and review, as well as generating manuscripts. Concerns fundamental to editing, such as consistency of voice, integrity of the author’s concepts, and use of multiple languages, will be included as part of the editorial process..
Writing 192 (Internship in Writing): Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to writing in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of writing. Students are required to write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of writing.
Writing 195 (Upper Division Undergraduate Research): Supervised research.
Writing 198 (Upper Division Directed Group Study):
Writing 199 (Upper Division Individual Study):