Feb 27, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 
  
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    T/RS 340 - (P) Theologies of Work and Rest

    3 cr.


     (Prerequisites: T/RS 121  and T/RS 122 )

    This course explores the religious and social significance of work and rest in ancient Greek philosophy, the Bible, and Catholic social teaching.  We will consider issues of “burn out,” workaholism, and restlessness in modern life.  Students are encouraged to re-examine their own approaches to working and resting.

  
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    T/RS 341 - (P) Faith and Fiction

    3 cr.


    (Pre-requisites: T/RS 121  and T/RS 122 )

    The course will explore both how theological ideas and religious faith (or its absence) give shape to fictional worlds and lives in a variety of short stories and novels, and how theological themes can be explored by means of imaginative literature.

  
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    T/RS 410 - Salvation Outside the Church?

    3 cr.


    Prerequisites: enrollment in Theology M.A. program or T/RS 121 and T/RS 122)

    An historical and Catholic-theological engagement with key questions in relation to religious pluralism such as: Can non-Christians be saved?  Does God intend the existence of many religions?  What status do non-Christian religions have vis-a-vis the Church?  What may Christians learn from non-Christian religious traditions?

  
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    T/RS 440 - Introduction to Old Testament

    3 cr.


    (Formerly T/RS 400 & T/RS 440Z)  (Pre-requisites: T/RS 121 , T/RS 122 

    An introduction to the primary methods and problems of Old Testament interpretation: its historical background, the theological analysis and synthesis of major sections, as well as the use of source, form, and redaction criticism and such more recently developed approaches as social, scientific, literary and feminist criticism.

  
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    T/RS 441 - Inside the New Testament

    3 cr.
    An introduction to the primary methods and problems of New Testament interpretation focusing on the contents, historical background and theological import of major passages. Among the specific topics studied will be from and redaction criticism along with recent critical approaches to the text such as structuralist exegesis, narrative and feminist criticisms.
  
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    T/RS 445 - Pastoral Theology

    3 cr.


    (Pre-requisites: T/RS 121 , T/RS 122 )

    This course is based on the assumption that when done properly, all theology is pastoral. Throughout the course, students will “read” both the liturgy and classical theological texts in a pastoral way, as well as reflect theologically on their own pastoral experience. It will be conducted in seminar format.

  
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    T/RS 480 - Internship

    1-3 cr.


    (Formerly T/RS 480Z) (Prerequisite: junior standing, 15 credits of Theology/Religious Studies) 

    Theology majors and minors can receive credits for a variety of ministerial experiences.  Approval must be obtained beforehand from supervising faculty member and chairperson. Internship credits can be placed in the cognate or free area; they do not count toward the 30 credits needed for a Theology major or the 18 credits needed for a Theology minor.

  
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    T/RS 490 - Theology Capstone Seminar

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisite: 12 credits of Theology/Religious Studies). 

    A capstone seminar required for Theology majors, recommended for minors and available to other qualified students with permission of instructor.  Topics will vary from semester to semester depending on student interest and faculty expertise.  The use of primary sources and research appropriate to the specific topic will be emphasized.  Students may take more than one semester of this course.

  
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    THTR 110 - (CL) Introduction to Theatre

    3 cr.
    An introduction to the theories and practices of the theatre arts. Dramatic structure, dramatic literature, critical writing, acting, directing, design, practical stagecraft, and some theatre history will all be touched on in an effort to introduce students to the fullness and variety of the art of theatre.
  
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    THTR 121 - Introduction to Technical Theatre

    3 cr.


    (Formerly THTR 112)

    This course introduces the student to the materials, equipment, and techniques used in the construction and finishing of stage sets, including lighting, sound, and special effects. Forty hours of lab work and participation on a crew for a major University Players production will be required.

  
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    THTR 151 - (CA) Introduction to Acting

    3 cr.
    (Formerly THTR 111)

    A Stanislavski-based system (“Acting is Doing”) develops the student’s ability to act with believability and honesty.  Through exercises, improvisations, and a scene, the student discovers the technique of “making choices” based both on the self and on fictional characters.
  
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    THTR 211 - (CL) Theatre History I

    3 cr.
    A chronological study of western theatre from ancient Greek drama to 17th-century British drama. A selection of plays from representative playwrights will be read and discussed with an emphasis on the social, cultural, and theatrical contexts within which these playwrights lived and worked.
  
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    THTR 212 - (CL) Theatre History II

    3 cr.


    (Theory Intensive) 

    A chronological study of Western theatre from the middle 17th century to the present.  A selection of plays from representative playwrights will be read and discussed, with an emphasis on the social, cultural, and theatrical contexts within which these playwrights lived and worked.

  
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    THTR 213 - (CA) Design for the Theatre

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisite: THTR 121  with a grade of B- or higher)

    An introduction to the various design and production elements in theatre.  Scenery, lighting, costumes, projections, props and sound will be explored.  Students participate in the design elements of the University productions.

  
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    THTR 214 - Drama Practicum

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisite: any other course that may be counted in the Theatre minor) 

    Work on one of the major aspects of producing or creating a play including acting, costuming, set construction, designing, lighting, publicity, playwriting, and box-office management.  “A one-time repeatable course.”

  
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    THTR 215 - Playwriting I

    3 cr.


    This course is designed to teach students the basic elements and techniques involved in writing for theatrical performance. Students will write either a one-act play or one act of a two- or three-act play. This course may be counted toward the Theatre Major, Minor, or Track. Photocopying fee.

    (Credit cannot be earned for WRTG 215  and THTR 215.)

  
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    THTR 221 - Scene Painting

    3 cr.
    (Prerequisite: THTR 121  with a grade of B- or higher)

    This course is designed as a focused study of the tools and techniques used by scenic artists to create visual elements for theatre production.  The lecture portion of the course involves a study of materials, color theory, and historical and contemporary painting perspectives. Offered every other year.
  
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    THTR 225 - Solo Performance

    3 cr.
    All you need for solo performance is an audience and a performer; however, solo performance represents some of the most challenging, sophisticated, and courageous performance happening today.  Students will actively create their own solo performances through analyzing the work of establishing solo artists and exploring their own creative acts. (Students cannot earn credit for THTR 225 and WRTG 225 ).
  
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    THTR 231 - Lighting Design

    3 cr.
    (Prerequisite: THTR 121 )

    This course explores lighting equipment and technology, color theory, script analysis, and collaborative production skills.  Students will work in both theoretical and practical contexts, creating projects that explore the controllable qualities and functions of stage lighting. Offered every other year.
  
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    THTR 251 - Intermediate Acting

    3 cr.


    (Formerly THTR 210)   (Prerequisite: THTR 121  & THTR 151 )

    The student actor develops a stronger grasp of Stanislavski’s system of Objectives and Beats.  Scene work requires the actor to explore theatrical realism as practiced by Miller, Williams, Inge, Chekhov, and Ibsen. Offered every other semester.

  
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    THTR 252 - Voice and Speech

    3 cr.
    (Prerequisites: THTR 110  and THTR 151 )


    Extensive use of exercises to develop an actor’s healthy voice production and competence with Standard American Speech.  Vocal projection for the stage and the use of one’s voice for comprehension and theatricality are explored through dramatic, non-dramatic, and commercial voice-over material. Offered every other year.
  
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    THTR 253 - Stage Combat

    3 cr.


    (Formerly THTR 111) (Prerequisites: THTR 110  & THTR 151 )

    This course teaches safe and effective techniques for theatrical combat, seen in plays from Shakespeare to Shepard.  Student actors will explore both unarmed fighting and rapier-and dagger swordplay in preparation of an acting scene for public performance.

  
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    THTR 275 - Continental European Drama, 1880 - 1960

    3 cr.


    (Theory Intensive)(Prerequisites: ENLT 140  or equivalent or THTR 110 )

    This course surveys the emergence of naturalism and the developments of drama in the European continent at the end of the 19th century into the mid-twentieth century.  The works studied illustrate various attempts to recreate realities on stage and explore how philosophy influenced theatrical expression.  (All readings in English.) Alternate Years

  
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    THTR 280 - Production Laboratory

    1 cr.
    Theatre majors working on University Players productions can receive credit for serving as props master, master electrician, sound designer, assistant technical director, assistant stage manager, or running crew. Forty hours of production work and strict adherence to deadlines required. May be taken for credit up to five times.
  
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    THTR 310 - Theories of Theatre

    3 cr.
    Students will study the theories of theatre advanced in the writing of Diderot, Archer, Stanislavsky, Vakhtangov, Brecht, Copeau, Artaud, Grotowski, Brook, and Schechner.
  
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    THTR 311 - Directing I

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisites: THTR 110  and THTR 151 )

    The student will be introduced to the tools used by stage directors to tell stories with actors in space and time.  Students will analyze scripts and learn how to use those analyses in telling a story from moment to moment.  Students will direct a ten-minute play for public performance. Offered every fourth semester.

  
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    THTR 315 - Playwriting II

    3 cr.


     (Prerequisite: THTR 215 )

    This advanced workshop builds on the skills acquired in Playwriting I, and includes intensive reading and writing assignments that encourage students to explore theatrical styles beyond realism.  This course may be counted toward the Theatre major, minor or track.  Photocopying fee.

    (Credit cannot be earned for WRTG 315  and THTR 315.)

     

  
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    THTR 331 - Set Design for the Theatre

    3 cr.


    (Formerly THTR 313)  (Prerequisite: THTR 213  with a grade of B- or higher)

    An exploration of the basic crafts of the theatrical set designer. Concentration on developing one’s personal vision and interpretive skills through script analysis.  Practice in sketching, drafting, painting, collage, model making and typical stage construction. Introduction to environmental theatre.

  
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    THTR 351 - Advanced Acting

    3 cr.


     (Formerly THTR 410)  (Prerequisite: THTR 121 THTR 151  & THTR 251 )

    Advanced work in Stanislavski’s system of acting with the addition of personalized work, including techniques for generating inner images and accessing the actor’s emotional life.  The class will include scene work, but will focus mostly on monologue study for graduate school and professional auditions.

  
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    THTR 370 - Technical Theatre: Special Topics

    3 cr.
    Topic and prerequisites will be announced prior to preregistration.
  
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    THTR 371 - Theatre Design: Special Topics

    3 cr.
    Topic and prerequisites will be announced prior to preregistration.
  
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    THTR 372 - Dramatic Literature: Special Topics

    3 cr.
    Topic and prerequisites will be announced prior to preregistration.
  
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    THTR 373 - Acting: Special Topics

    3 cr.
    (Prerequisite: THTR 151 )

     Topic and prerequisites will be announced prior to preregistration. Past topics include actor’s movement, voice and speech, stage combat.
  
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    THTR 380 - Advanced Production Lab

    2 cr.


    (Prerequisites: 2 cr. of THTR 280 , permission of the instructor.)

    Theatre majors who work on University Players productions can receive credit for stage management, technical or design work, acting or directing. 80 hours of production work and strict adherence to dead-lines required.  May be taken for credit only once.

  
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    THTR 382 - Independent Study in Theatre

    1.5 cr.
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework.
  
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    THTR 383 - Independent Study in Theatre

    1.5 cr.
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework.
  
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    THTR 411 - Directing II

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisites: B- or higher in THTR 311  or permission of instructor.)

    Advanced study of rehearsal techniques, directing methods and styles, and effective director-actor relationships.  Students will direct a 20-30 minute one act or excerpt for the Director’s Workshop as part of the University Players season.

  
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    THTR 480 - Internship

    Variable Credit
    Theatre majors or minors can receive credit for a variety of on-the-job work experience. Approval must be obtained beforehand from the supervising faculty member, chair, and dean.
  
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    THTR 482 - Independent Study in Theatre

    1.5 cr.
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework.
  
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    THTR 483 - Independent Study in Theatre

    1.5 cr.
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework.
  
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    THTR/ENLT 275 - (CL) Continental European Drama 1880 - 1960

    3 cr.
    (Theory Intensive)   (Prerequisites: ENLT 140  or equivalent or THTR 110 )

    This course surveys the emergence of naturalism and the developments of drama in the European continent at the end of the 19th century into the mid-twentieth century.  The works studied illustrate various attempts to recreate realities on stage and explore how philosophy influenced theatrical expression.  (All readings in English.)
  
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    THTR/ENLT 276 - (CL) American Drama, 1916-1968

    3 cr.


    (Theory Intensive)   (Prerequisites: ENLT 140  or equivalent or THTR 110 )

    The rise of the United States as a world power is reflected in the American theatre of this period.  The reading list includes both plays & musicals; the works themselves explore issues of cultural identity, gender roles, & racial conflicts as they pertain to our understanding of the American dream.

  
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    THTR/ENLT 277 - (CL,D) American Drama, 1968 - 2011

    3 cr.
    (Theory Intensive)   (Prerequisite: ENLT 140  or equivalent or THTR 110 )

    This course focuses on exploring and encountering literature that has shaped American theatre between the Vietnam era & 9/11 attacks.  Some recurring issues include the Cold War; AIDS; patriotism & the counter-culture; ethnic, sexual, & gender identities; & the demise of the American dream.
  
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    WOMN 215 - (D) Feminism and Social Change

    3 cr.
    This course examines the relationship between feminism and social change, studying feminist movements and how feminist ideologies, strategies, and individuals influence social movements.  Counter-movements and the impact of feminism on society and on individuals will also be studied. It fulfills a Women’s Studies foundational course requirement.  (Credit cannot be earned for SOC 315  and WOMN 215)
  
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    WOMN 380-381 - Women’s Studies Internship

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisites: one of the following: PHIL 218 , PHIL 231 SOC 220 , WOMN 215 /SOC 315  or permission of Women’s Studies Program Committee)

    Designed to broaden the educational experience of students by providing practical experience for them in various non-profit and other organizations that deal primarily with women’s issues or women clients.  Students will ordinarily be expected to write a reflection paper.  Supervision by faculty members and agency supervisor.

  
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    WRTG 105 - College Writing I

    3 cr.


    (Placement into 105 required)

    The first of a two-course sequence that fulfills the EP Level I: Foundational First-Year Writing, this course combines the study of the elements of style and grammar with instruction in structuring and supporting argumentative essays. Students develop techniques for making effective contributions to intellectual discussions, academically and in other cultural settings.

  
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    WRTG 106 - (FYW) College Writing II

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisite: WRTG 105 )

    The second of a two-course sequence that fulfills EP Level I: Foundational First-Year Writing, this course concentrates on investigating problems, creating arguments, and providing evidence in academic essays.  Students develop techniques for making effective contributions to intellectual discussions, academically and in other cultural settings.

  
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    WRTG 107 - (FYW) Composition

    3 cr.


    Students develop techniques for making effective contributions in writing to intellectual discussions, academically and in other cultural settings. Students are tasked with forming the strong foundation in critical reading, thinking, writing, researching, and reflecting necessary for expressing ideas in a variety of rhetorical situations.

     

  
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    WRTG 140 - (FYOC, FYDT) Digital Writing

    3 cr.
    Students will enhance their rhetorical awareness as they compose in a variety of genres and media (visual, audio, and digital) beyond basic print text.  Drawing on Rhetoric and Composition theories, multimodal writing highlights the process of “act composing” and increases the modalities students use to communicate effectively with different audiences.
  
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    WRTG 210 - (W) Advanced Composition

    3 cr.
    The purpose of this course is to review, practice and apply the principles of a rhetoric of order, stressing invention, disposition, style, tone and theme.
  
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    WRTG 211 - (W) Writing for the Workplace

    3 cr.
    A course in scientific or technical writing designed to help students improve their writing skills in preparation for their professions. Specialized training is offered in writing of proposals, reports, instructions, letters, abstracts, resumes, etc.
  
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    WRTG 212 - (W) Writing for the Law

    3 cr.
    This course aims to help the student develop the writing skills that will be of particular value to prospective lawyers. Readings, exercises, and assignments stress precision and conciseness as well as careful argument. The course should also be valuable to any student who wants to improve his/her analytical ability.
  
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    WRTG 213 - Fiction Writing I

    3 cr.
    Designed to increase students’ skills in writing short fiction, this course augments frequent practice in the genre with attention both to theories of short-story composition and to diverse examples. In a workshop atmosphere, students will read and discuss one another’s work as well as fiction by well-known authors. Photocopying fee.
  
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    WRTG 214 - Creative Nonfiction Writing I

    3 cr.
    Designed to develop skills in writing creative nonfiction prose, this course employs a workshop format and requires intensive reading and analysis of student work as well as work by noted practitioners such as Orwell, Baldwin, Didion, and Dillard.
  
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    WRTG 215 - Playwriting I

    3 cr.


    This course is designed to teach students the basic elements and techniques involved in writing for theatrical performance. Students will write either a one-act play or one act of a two- or three-act play. This course may be counted toward the Theatre Major, Minor, or Track. Photocopying fee.

    (Credit cannot be earned for WRTG 215 and THTR 215 .)

  
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    WRTG 216 - Poetry Writing I

    3 cr.
    Theory and practice of writing poems. Opportunity for sustained, serious responses to student work and practical advice on publishing, graduate programs, etc. The course employs a workshop format and expects students to possess facility with language and a love of reading and writing. Photocopying fee.
  
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    WRTG 218 - (W) Writing the Web

    3 cr.
    Students will analyze both the visual and textual contents of e-mail, news groups, chat groups, MUs, and Web sites, and will be expected to produce a portfolio or Web site that demonstrates their ability to work in this new medium. Discussion topics include ethical issues unique to the Internet writing environment.
  
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    WRTG 223 - (W) Rhetoric & Public Discourse

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Written Communication requirement) 

    Students will study rhetorical theory, the culture of US public discourse and political deliberation through various media outlets, and writing processes in order to participate more effectively in current political and democratic debates. Assignments address both the production and consumption of texts through the news media.

  
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    WRTG 224 - (W) Rhetoric & Social Media

    3 cr.
    (Theory Intensive)   (Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Written Communication requirement)

    Students will study rhetorical theory, the culture of social media, and information literacy in order to enhance their communication skills and persuasive abilities in social media environments.  Assignments address both the production and consumption of texts in these sites.  Possible discussion topics include identity construction, privacy/surveillance, and functional literacy.
  
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    WRTG 225 - Solo Performance

    3 cr.
    All you need for solo performance is an audience and a performer; however, solo performance represents some of the most challenging, sophisticated, and courageous performance happening today.  Students will actively create their own solo performances through analyzing the work of establishing solo artists and exploring their own creative acts. (Students cannot earn credit for WRTG 225 and THTR 225 .)
  
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    WRTG 235 - (W) Fundamentals of Screenwriting

    3 cr.


    (Pre-requisites: Completion of the GE Written Communication requirement.)

    This course is designed to expose students to the basic principles of reading and writing film scripts.  Through analysis of film and a writer’s workshop approach, students will engage with the craft of cinematic storytelling and write a short film.

  
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    WRTG 310 - (W) Strategies for Teaching Writing

    3 cr.


    (Theory Intensive) 

    This course for English/Education majors emphasizes strategies for taking students into, through, and beyond the writing process. Students have many opportunities to plan and to design writing assignments, to conduct writing sessions, and to evaluate written composition.

  
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    WRTG 313 - Fiction Writing II

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisite: WRTG 213 )

    The advanced workshop augments intensive student writing assignments with theoretical discussions and diverse examples of good fiction by established writers. Photocopying fee.

  
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    WRTG 314 - Creative Nonfiction Writing II

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisite: WRTG 214 )

    The advanced workshop augments intensive student writing assignments with discussion and analysis of creative nonfiction by various hands.

  
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    WRTG 315 - Playwriting II

    3 cr.


     (Prerequisite: WRTG 215 )

    This advanced workshop builds on the skills acquired in Playwriting I, and includes intensive reading and writing assignments that encourage students to explore theatrical styles beyond realism.  This course may be counted toward the Theatre major, minor or track.  Photocopying fee.

    (Credit cannot be earned for THTR 315  and WRTG 315.)

  
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    WRTG 316 - Poetry Writing II

    3 cr.


    (Prerequisite: WRTG 216 )

    Advanced workshop on practice and theory of writing poetry.  The course encourages extensive reading and intensive writing.  Photocopying fee.

  
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    WRTG 382 - Guided Independent Study

    Variable Credit
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework. Context determined by genre and mentor.
  
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    WRTG 383 - Guided Independent Study

    Variable Credit
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework. Context determined by genre and mentor.
  
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    WRTG 480 - Internship

    Variable Credit
    English majors and/or Writing minors can receive internship credits for a variety of on-the-job experiences. Approval must be obtained beforehand from the supervising faculty member, chair and dean.
  
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    WRTG 482 - Guided Independent Study

    Variable Credit
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework. Context determined by genre and mentor.
  
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    WRTG 483 - Guided Independent Study

    Variable Credit
    A tutorial program open to junior and senior students who have completed appropriate lower-division coursework. Context determined by genre and mentor.
 

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