Once a student has completed WR 121, s/he is required to take an elective course from among the offerings in the Writing II category. The required Writing II course is part of a student’s Bacc Core experience. These courses are designed to deepen students’ awareness of and capacity with writing tools and expectations in a core area (e.g. academic writing, professional writing, technical writing, etc). In all cases, Writing II courses engage students in the process of critical thinking, audience analysis, document planning, and revision.
Writing II Outcomes
All Writing II courses share a common set of course outcomes:
- Apply multiple theories, concepts, and techniques for creating and evaluating written communication.
- Write effectively for diverse audiences within a specific area or discipline using appropriate standards and conventions.
- Apply critical thinking to writing and writing process, including revision.
WR II Courses
Writing Courses in this category: H 199 (University Honors College Only); WR 201 Writing for Media; WR 222 English Composition; WR 327 Technical Writing; WR 214 Business Writing; WR 323 English Composition; WR 240 Introduction to Nonfiction; WR 241 Intro to Poetry Writing; WR 341 Poetry Writing (pre-req WR 241); WR 224 Intro to Fiction Writing; WR 303 Writing for the Web; WR 324 Short Story Writing (pre-req WR 224); WR 330 Understanding Grammar; WR 362 Science Writing.
Some programs of study require students to take a specific Writing II course (e.g. WR 222: English Composition or WR 327: Technical Writing). Please consult your major department for regulations related to Writing II course selection.
The following courses are frequently recommended for WR II:
WR 327 TECHNICAL WRITING (3 credits) – Course Description (common to all courses)
Technical Writing (WR 327) will prepare you to produce instructive, informative, and persuasive documents aimed at well-defined and achievable outcomes. Technical documents are precise, concise, logically organized, and based on factual information. The purpose and target audience of each document determine the style that an author chooses, including document layout, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure, and visuals. To this end, this course will teach processes for analyzing “writing contexts” and producing effective, clean, and reader-centered documents in an efficient manner. You can expect to gather, read, and present the technical content of your field to various audiences in attractive, error-free copy, as well as to learn strategies for presenting that content orally.
WR 327 Outcomes
Successful students in WR 327 demonstrate their ability in technical writing in the following areas:
Rhetorical Knowledge: Awareness of the importance of audience and purpose to the production of effective documents, as demonstrated by reading, analyzing, and composing written and visual texts.
Conventions: Understanding of technical and workplace conventions, as demonstrated through the clean and clear design, style, and layout of written and oral materials.
Information Literacy: Ability to gather and apply researched information that is appropriate to your field, as demonstrated by using technological tools to find information, reading and analyzing documents, and citing sources correctly.
WR 222 ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3 credits)
Online catalog: Continued practice in expository writing with an emphasis on argumentation and research. (Bacc Core Course)
WR 222 Course Description - sample
While continuing the concerns of WR 121, WR 222 emphasizes the development of argumentation skills and the control of style to suit a variety of writing situations. Students explore the rhetorical contexts of academic and public argument by considering a variety of argumentative texts, while they learn and practice how to research, write, and revise their own arguments on controversial issues. Both in our writing and reading, this course encourages close analysis of claims, warrants, supporting materials and logical organization. During the course, students will write assignments that involve summarizing, synthesizing, evaluating, and crafting arguments. This classroom is a learning community, so we will show respect for the ideas of all individuals.
Because WR 121 serves as the prerequisite for Writing II courses, a student will not be able to register for a Writing II class until s/he has completed WR 121.
Second Week Add
During the second week of a term, students may try to register for sections of WR that still have space. In order to do so, please follow the steps below.
- Obtain a "2nd Week Add" form from the School of Writing, Literature, and Film Office, Moreland 238.
- Go online and locate a section that is still open.
- Locate the instructor in order to ask permission to add the course. If the instructor grants you permission, s/he will sign the form.
- Deliver the signed form to the School of Writing, Literature, and Film office for approval.
- Go online and register for that section.
Students who transfer WR 121 credits from another Oregon university will be able to register for Writing II courses once their WR 121 credits have been officially processed by the Admissions and Registrar’s offices. Students who transfer other equivalent first-year writing courses from other universities should likewise be able to register for Writing II courses once their transfer credits are evaluated and processed. For questions related to transfer equivalencies, please contact Kristy Kelly, Assistant Director of Writing.