Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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Course Offerings

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric is the administrative home for composition and speech courses at the University of Mississippi, as well as the Minor in Professional Writing. On this part of the site, learn about our regular course offerings. Click either “Speech” or “Writing” to view courses.

Speech Courses

SPCH 102: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Spch 102 explores the fundamentals of organizing, preparing, and delivering speeches in a variety of public forums. A key focus of the class is the applicability of speech communication to varied life situations.

SPCH 105: Business and Professional Speech

Spch 105 is a practical introduction to the principles and skills of effective communication in business and professional settings. The course includes preparation of speech outlines and frequent performances in business/professional situations

SPCH 210: The Art of the Interview: Helping Employers Say Yes

Spch 210 provides intensive skills training to prepare students for job interviews. Particular attention is given to self-marketing online and increasing virtual presentation skills

SPCH 305: Collaborative Communication

Spch 305 introduces small group theories and develops practices of group development, team growth, skills assessment, group communication dynamics, and conflict resolution. Students address crisis management issues with collaborative communication skills in various organizational and cultural settings via research, written statements, and live presentations.

SPCH 314: Intercollegiate Debating

Spch 314 teaches the fundamentals of decision-making and critical thinking through exploring debate, specifically Worlds Style British Parliamentary Debate. The focus of the class is on researching, organizing, preparing, and delivering oral presentations in a competitive environment.

Writing Courses

WRIT 101 and WRIT 100: First Year Writing 1

Writing 100 and Writing 101 are introductory composition courses designed to improve reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Writing 100 fulfills the same degree requirements as Writing 101 but offers smaller class sizes and more individual attention through required student teacher conferences. Students compose several frequent assignments that culminate in an ePortfolio.

WRIT 101: First Year Writing 1 for Engineers

WRIT 101 for Engineers is an introductory composition class reserved for students majoring in engineering. Students will strengthen their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while focusing on topics and methods common to the STEM disciplines.

WRIT 102: First Year Writing 2

WRIT 102 (First-Year Writing II) is a theme-based, first-year writing course designed to build on writing skills learned in either WRIT 100 or WRIT 101 and develop critical thinking and research skills appropriate for use in academic writing. The course pays special attention to developing argumentative skills, analyzing texts, and synthesizing information into thoughtful, coherent essays and projects.

WRIT 102: First Year Writing 2 for Engineers

WRIT 102 for Engineers builds on the skills of WRIT 102, with students exploring issues associated with engineering ethics and STEM-related disasters. Students will expand their research and communication skills by completing assignments requiring field observation and analysis, argumentation, and synthesis of ideas.

LIBA 102: First Year Seminar

LIBA 102 is a first-year writing course conducted within the context of a research area within a specific discipline designed to build on writing abilities learned in WRIT 100/101. The course works to develop critical thinking and research abilities appropriate for use in academic writing within a particular discipline.

WRIT 210: Rhetoric I- Foundations of Rhetoric to 1650

WRIT 210 surveys rhetorical practice as it originated and developed in diverse civilizations and times up to the mid-seventeenth century. The course considers how ancient and classical rhetoric, especially Greek and Roman rhetoric, continues to influence contemporary discourse. Students will examine significant historical events, individuals, and societies that relate to the publications and instances of the origin and development of rhetoric, and they will explore how the works of Aristotle and Cicero, the models of civic responsibility encouraged by Quintilian, and writings from Han Fei Tzu and Lu Chi are foundational to modern discourse practice. Students will learn concepts from classical rhetoric (both Western and non-Western) and apply them to analyze and to produce contemporary discourse in their society, culture, media, institutions, communities, and personal lives.

WRIT 230: Rhetorics and Everyday Life

This course prepares students to make effective rhetorical choices in everyday settings that incorporate awareness of inclusivity and cultural differences as they select media and modes of communication for projects and compositions.

WRIT 250: Advanced Composition

Writing 250 is an advanced composition course designed to help students further develop the analysis, synthesis, argument, and research skills built in first-year writing in addition to introducing them to primary research.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 300: Foundations of Professional & Technical Writing

Writing 300 introduces students to the rhetorical principles and professional practices of professional and technical writing, with special emphasis on understanding and developing professional portfolios. Also included are the research, writing, communication, analytical, and technological skills needed to succeed within the professional writing minor and in professional and technical communication careers after graduation.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 301: Writing Center Peer Tutoring

This course covers the history and theoretical foundations of and best practices for writing centers and individualized writing instruction.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 310: Writing in Professional Contexts

Basic principles of rhetoric and composition applied to professional writing. Rhetoric of the workplace, electronic contexts, page design, research tools and practices, genres and conventions, and professional style.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.


WRIT 320: Technical Writing

Intensive study of technical style and information design; practice in various formats, modes, and platforms. Experience developing technical reports, iterating user documentation, and representing complex information to varied audiences.

WRIT 340: Contemporary Writing Studies

This course introduces students to the contemporary history of and various trends within writing studies, with a particular focus on composition theories prevailing from roughly 1960 to the present.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 350: Writing for Digital Media

Fundamental concepts of the demands of writing for electronic audiences across a variety of platforms, with an emphasis on the interaction of the medium and the message. Web authoring, markup language, social media, remixing, and media convergence.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 360: Document Design

This course guides students in the development of effective strategies for document design in professional and technical communication. Drawing on design theory for both print and digital publications, students will learn to use document design as a means of communication and problem solving in a professional context.

Prerequisite: WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102; WRIT 300 or permission of the instructor

WRIT 399: Special Topics

May be repeated once with a change in topic. Designed courses examining issues and trends in Rhetoric, Composition, and Digital Humanities.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 410: Grant Writing

Study and practice in grant and proposal writing in business and organizational settings. Conventions for grant writing in nonprofit settings, consultant writing for proposals, science writing for government grants, small business grant writing. Emphasis on specific genres and transferable rhetorical skills.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 415: Digital Rhetoric

Writing 415 begins with a question: What is digital rhetoric? Students will explore this evolving field of theory and research and develop their own answers to that question and others focused on digital environments. They will investigate the theoretical relationships between messages and media, and they will learn how contemporary theorists have both extended existing rhetorical conceptions as well as created research frameworks to understand electronic networks and digital compositions.

Prerequisite: Credit for WRIT 102, LIBA 102, HON 102, ENGL 102 or equivalent.

WRIT 671: Theory and Practice of Writing Consulting

This course prepares graduate writing fellows to serve as writing consultants to faculty in multiple disciplines, aiding them in conceiving, designing, and teaching writing projects in undergraduate classrooms.