Writing Courses and Core Learning Qualities and Outcomes

The English Department’s writing courses align with MSU’s Core Learning Qualities and Outcomes to foster integrated learning experiences for students. The Core Qualities and Outcomes emphasize communication, problem solving, and local and global citizenship. Specifically, writing courses focus on the Communication Core:

MSU Graduates are Effective Communicators

Graduates use written, spoken, and visual communication to create meaning, build relationships, foster understanding, and persuade. They express ideas in manners appropriate for the intended audience and intended context. Graduates collaborate with others by openly and constructively providing and receiving feedback, and use that feedback to revise and improve their own communication. They demonstrate facility in analyzing, interpreting, and understanding sources of information and in constructing persuasive arguments in ways that empower and challenge their own and other’s thinking.

Writing Courses

WRIT 101W:  College Writing I (The Core Writing Course)

  • WRIT 101 is an essential component of the Core experience that prepares students for both college and life writing by instilling confidence and skills for public communication.
  • Writ 101 studies the nature and practice of reading and writing as human interaction, with particular attention to elements of writing process and craft, to present new conceptions of writing as students enter the university writing environment.
  • Three (3) credits; Recitation

WRIT 201: College Writing II

  • WRIT 201 studies writing as a practice, process, and tool of inquiry in various academic domains. Bridges general study of writing in WRIT 101 and later discipline-specific study of writing. Emphasizes how to conduct inquiry through writing, and how to learn to write in new situations.
  • PREREQUISITE: WRIT 101W or equivalent
  • Three (3) credits; Recitation

WRIT 221: Intermediate Tech Writing

  • WRIT 221 focuses on kinds of writing done in technical or business environments: business letters, proposals, formal reports, technical presentations, user manuals, etc. Prepares students for technical writing in a range of disciplines and with attention to the social implications of technology.
  • PREREQUISITE: WRIT 101W or equivalent
  • Three (3) credits; Recitation

Contact for Additional Information

  • Dr. Rebecca Jones  |  Writing Program Administrator  |  Associate Professor, Department of English