Undergraduate: Catalog Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

RHET 0321 Academic Literacy

Practice in academic writing and reading with an emphasis on developing strategies and skills for college success: reading and writing fluency, editing techniques, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development. This fulfills the requirement for developmental reading and writing, but does not fulfill a core curriculum requirement. Institutional credit only; final grades are A, B, C, or No Credit. This is a combined lecture/lab course. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 0310 Composition Fundamentals

Practice in writing, with an emphasis on developing fluency and editing. This course does not fulfill the core curriculum requirement and is intended for students who are not ready for RHET 1311. Institutional credit only; final grades are A, B, C, or NC. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 1311 Composition I

Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional writing. Students will focus on organizing and revising ideas and writing well organized, thoroughly developed papers that achieve the writer’s purpose, meet the readers’ needs, and develop the writer’s voice. Final course grades are A, B, C, or NC. Students must complete this course with a grade of C or greater to take RHET 1312. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 1312 Composition II

Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on academic forms. Students will focus on analysis, argumentation, research, and documentation writing. Final course grades are A, B, C, or NC. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 1320 Honors Composition

For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 1110 Composition Fundamentals Writing Laboratory (The University Writing Center)

Individualized supplemental help for students enrolled in RHET 0310 or 1311. Practice in basic grammar and writing skills. May be used as a refresher course before taking RHET 1311; may be used to prepare for composition test-outs. Graded CR/NC. One credit hour.

 

RHET 1130 Writing on Computers (The University Writing Center)

A practical course for writers to use the computer in the composing process. Students will learn one word processing program well, integrate it into their individual writing processes, and use other software that supports writing on computers. One credit hour.

 

RHET 2100 Writing Laboratory (The University Writing Center)

Individualized supplemental help for students enrolled in RHET 1312 or who have completed composition courses. May be used as a refresher course. Graded CR/NC. One credit hour.

 

RHET 2312 Advanced Composition

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or equivalent. A course designed to offer the student advanced practice in essay and other academic writing forms; includes review of composition modes as well as grammar and mechanics. The course is especially appropriate for returning, transfer, and other students who want or need additional writing practice in preparation for performance in upper‐level coursework, or students who wish additional writing practice before entering a writing major. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 3300 Introduction to Research

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. An introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and the research process as applied to the study of written communication. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 3301 Editing for Usage, Style, and Clarity

Prerequisites: RHET 1311 and 1312 or equivalents. An introductory editing course that focuses on basic editing and proofreading skills. Course includes review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Editing practice includes work with the student’s own writing as well as secondary texts. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 3315 Persuasive Writing

Prerequisite: completion of RHET 1312 or the equivalent. A theoretical and practical introduction to the art of written persuasion. Emphasis on persuasive techniques and their ethical consequences. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Study and practice of workplace communication required of professionals who write as part of their jobs. Emphasis on developing a sense of audience and purpose, writing in teams, and learning problem solving strategies. Intensive practice writing workplace documents such as memos, letters, e‐mail, rĂ©sumĂ©s, and reports. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 3317 Introduction to Nonfiction Writing

Prerequisite: completion of RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Study and practice of nonfiction writing to explore, investigate, and explain ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Emphasis on style, voice, revision, and collaboration. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 3326 Technical Writing

Prerequisite: RHET 1312 or the equivalent. Intensive instruction in the theory and practice of technical communication. Emphasis on understanding audience, establishing a clear purpose, using technology, acquiring a sense of the profession, and developing strategies for successfully producing individual and collaborative documents. Practice writing genres such as reports, instructions, descriptions, specifications, and proposals. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 3320 Contemporary Issues in Language and Rhetoric

Prerequisites: RHET 1311 and 1312 or equivalents. A study of contemporary issues in language research from rhetorical and social perspectives.

 

RHET 4100, 4200 Independent Writing Project

Prerequisites: senior standing, 12 hours of upper‐level RHET courses. For the student of superior ability who wishes to undertake an independent writing project. One or two credit hours.

 

RHET 4202 Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools

Prerequisite: RHET 1312. A methods course team‐taught by faculty from the Departments of English and Rhetoric and Writing. Topics include making classroom presentations, managing small‐group work, responding to student writing, evaluating and using secondary school literature and composition textbooks, and learning approaches to teaching literature and writing. Taken in conjunction with ENGL 4202. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5202. Two credit hours.

 

RHET 4191, 4291 Writing Internship

Prerequisites: junior standing, consent of director. On‐the‐job training for students planning to enter a writing career or teach writing. For assignment, see the director of the University Writing Center in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. CR/NC grading optional. One or two credit hours.

 

RHET 4301 Theories of Rhetoric and Writing

Prerequisites: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. A study of theories of rhetoric and writing. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5301. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4304 Technical Style and Editing

Prerequisites: RHET 3301 or consent of instructor. Survey and study of institutional and industrial style manuals. Intensive practice in editing technical, business, government, and scientific reports. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5304. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4305 Document Design

Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or 3326. Study and practice of the use of visual elements in technical communication. Emphasis on typography, page layout, data displays, pictorial communication, and usability testing for both print and online documents. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5305. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4306 Writing for Business and Government

Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. Theory of and practice in writing for government and business organizations. Topics will include training manuals, job descriptions, policy writing, records, and correspondence. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5306. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4307 Writing Software Documentation

Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. Study and practice of writing documentation for computer software, including printed manuals, tutorials, reference guides, and online help systems. Emphasis on analyzing prospective users and their tasks, interviewing subject matter experts, developing help for different levels of users, writing user‐friendly text, editing documentation for style and clarity, and working on a documentation team. Intensive practice with RoboHELP HTML software for composing online help. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5307. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4315 Advanced Persuasive Writing

Prerequisite: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or permission of the instructor. Intensive study of classical and new rhetorics. Emphasis on solving rhetorical problems. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5315. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4317 Advanced Nonfiction Writing

Prerequisite: RHET 3317 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. An advanced nonfiction writing class. Study and practice of writing to explore, investigate, and explain. Students will write a variety of professional, scholarly, and popular essays. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5317. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4321 Editing for Publication

Prerequisite: RHET 3301. A hands‐on experience in pre‐production editing for publication. Includes study of the editing process, manuscript acquisition, the peer review process, manuscript editing, editorial correspondence, and preproduction manuscript preparation. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5321. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4325 Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Argument

Prerequisite: RHET 3315 or permission of instructor. Designed for all majors, particularly for pre‐law students and writers interested in the discourse of the law. Students will read a variety of judicial decisions on current issues such as Freedom of Speech and complete several relatively short assignments forusing on legal reasoning and argument. Students will also learn how to find information on legal decisions and issues. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4331 History of Rhetoric I: Beginnings to 1800

Prerequisites: RHET 3315, RHET 3316 or RHET 3326, and RHET 3317, all with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. A study of major theorists and practitioners of rhetoric from classical times through the eighteenth century. Duallisted in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5331. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4332 History of Rhetoric II: 1800 to Present

Prerequisite: RHET 4331 with a grade of C or greater. Study of major nineteenthand twentieth‐century theorists. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5332. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4345 Topics in Persuasive Writing

Prerequisite: RHET 3315 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Theory and practice of persuasion with topics varying each semester. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5345. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4346 Topics in Technical Communication

Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. The theory and practice of technical communication; topics vary each semester. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5346. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4347 Topics in Nonfiction Writing

Prerequisite: RHET 3317 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Theory and practice of nonfiction writing with topics varying each semester. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5347. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4371 Writing on the Web

Prerequisite: RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of instructor. Ability to compose effective technical writing and/or computer competency. Introduction to basic web design and construction; course emphasizes audience(s), purpose(s), and accessibility issues such as web site navigation, multiple browsers, and ADA compliance. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5371. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4375 Grant Writing

Prerequisites: RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 with a grade of C or greater, or consent of the instructor. Survey, theory and practice of grant writing (solicited and nonsolicited) and the philanthropic sector. Topics include, but are not limited to: finding and researching a foundation, resources for each stage of the grant writing process, developing a problem statement, creating objectives and goals, creating a budget, and working with foundations. Dual‐listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as RHET 5375. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4390 Colloquium in Rhetoric and Writing

Prerequisite: Senior status. Focuses on professional development and synthesizing the major concepts within rhetorical/writing theory.

 

RHET 4395,4396 Cooperative Education

Prerequisite: RHET 3315, 3316, or 3317; recommendation of the departmental cooperative education coordinator. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experience through the application of theoretical concepts in a professional workplace. Exact number of work hours, activities, and responsibilities depend on the work experience and must be specified in a written agreement between the employer and student in coordination with the Office of Cooperative Education. Three credit hours.

 

RHET 4398,4399 Senior Writing Project

Prerequisites: senior writing major or minor with 12 hours of upper‐level courses. Student will complete either a portfolio or a final project written in cooperative arrangement with advisor from both major and minor department. Three  credit  hours.

 

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