Course Descriptions

Students may choose from the following Writing and Rhetoric course types, depending on their individual interests, placement statuses, and section availability.

WR 12200: Writing and Rhetoric Tutorial: Critical Reading and Writing in the Disciplines (2 credits)

Students enrolled in WR 12200 will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Writing and Rhetoric 13100, 13200, or 13300. WR 12200 helps students apply rigorous reading and writing strategies in the context of challenging courses across the disciplines. Consisting of two weekly one-on-one sessions and one weekly small-group instruction session, this course offers intensive practice analyzing disciplinary readings and writing assignments. Students will receive individual instruction on how to apply professors’ feedback, and they will learn ethical practices for citation and collaboration. Enrollment by departmental approval. Interested students can contact their First Year advisors or Prof. Nicole MacLaughlin to seek enrollment or more information about the course.  
Fall 2019 Courses / Spring 2020 Courses

WR 12300: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric Tutorial: Critical Thinking and English Academic Writing (1 credit)

Students enrolled in WR 12300 will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Writing and Rhetoric 13100, 13200, or 13300. This course will offer strategies for successful written and verbal communication in English academic contexts. Students will learn critical thinking practices, developing their capacity for thinking like a scholar in the context of different disciplines. Consisting of one weekly one-on-one instruction session and one weekly guided small-group session, this course helps students to develop an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and to realize their potential as academic writers. Enrollment by departmental approval. Interested students can contact their First Year advisors or Prof. Nicole MacLaughlin to seek enrollment or more information about the course.  
Fall 2019 Courses / Spring 2020 Courses

WR 13100: Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)

Writing and Rhetoric is designed to help students learn how to identify an issue amid conflicting points of view and craft an argument based on various sources of information. The course stresses the identification and analysis of potential counter-arguments and aims to develop skills for writing a research proposal, for conducting original research, and for using print and electronic resources from the library.  
Fall 2019 Courses / Spring 2020 Courses

WR 13200: Community-Based Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)

WR 13100 offers students a unique opportunity to learn skills and strategies for effective research and written argumentation through investigating social justice issues and performing community service. In partnership with the Center for Social Concerns, instructors connect students with local venues where they perform approximately 10 to 15 hours of community service over the course of the semester. Community-based learning classes are an excellent way to get involved in the larger community and to get an early start in exploring the many service opportunities available to Notre Dame students. Moreover, students integrate their service experiences into readings, research, writing, and discussion about the meanings of community, citizenship, and social justice in contemporary America.
Fall 2019 Courses / Spring 2020 Courses

WR 13300: Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)

Since digital culture and new media have dramatically impacted reading, writing, and research practices, multimedia sections of Writing and Rhetoric teach students to apply rhetorical principles across a variety of media. Students in these sections learn both print-based and screen-based literacies that address the complex realities and challenges of composing ethical, reasonable, and conventional arguments in the 21st century. Students do not need prior technological skills to be successful in these courses, but they should anticipate spending a significant amount of time learning to use a variety of multimodal authoring technologies (which may include blogs, wikis, web editors, video editing software, and so on). A laptop or tablet computer is recommended but not required for this course.
Fall 2019 Courses / Spring 2020 Courses

WR 13400: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric (3 credits)

Advanced Writing and Rhetoric is designed to help students continue refining the interpretive, analytical, and composing skills developed through 1) attendance in WR 13100 or 2) a qualifying AP or IB score consistent with university policies. Students will practice composing in multiple genres and modalities, conducting original and secondary research, analyzing audiences, writing claims, providing evidence, addressing alternative perspectives, and revising written materials. The course will devote special attention to writing ethical arguments grounded in rhetorical practices of truthfulness, accountability, open-mindedness, and intellectual integrity. 
Spring 2020 Course