MSU Billings Catalog

WRIT - Writing

WRIT 095 Developmental Writing. 3 Credits

Reviews basic grammar with emphasis on sentence structure and mechanics. Also presents basic writing considerations, especially paragraph organization and development of the multi-paragraph essay. Placement by student’s request or by results of Writing Placement Test, SAT, or ACT and by faculty recommendation. Credits do not apply toward graduation requirements and do not fulfill General Education requirements. Credits not applicable to English major or minor. However, the credits do count towards enrollment status for financial aid.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: General Education - COT

WRIT 101 College Writing I. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory passing score on Placement Examination or grade of C or better in WRIT 095.

In addition, RD 101 or concurrent enrollment in RD 101 or qualifying score on reading placement exam. Provides instruction in writing competencies expected of college students. Pays special attention to writing as a problem-solving process, patterns of organization in personal and informative writing, and logical thinking and style in argumentative/persuasive writing. (Course not applicable to English major or minor.)

Lecture Hours 3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 104 Workplace Communications. 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): RD 101 or concurrent enrollment in RD 101 or qualifying score on reading placement exam.

Designed to teach students the fundamentals of the English language including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage, with emphasis on applying these skills in written communication for the work world.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: General Education - COT

WRIT 121 Intro to Technical Writing. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 095 or WRIT 104 or qualifying score on placement exam.

In addition, RD 101 or concurrent enrollment in RD 101 or qualifying score on reading placement exam. Introduces the student to the creation and evaluation of several kinds of written and oral technical communication.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: General Education - COT

WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of WRIT 095 or WRIT 104 or qualifying score on the placement exam.

In addition, RD 101 or concurrent enrollment in RD 101 or qualifying score on reading placement exam. Provides instruction in the preparation of business memos, letters, reports, oral presentations, and computer assisted writing in business contexts.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: General Education - COT

WRIT 201 College Writing II. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101.

Provides opportunities for students to develop writing and thinking skills that are both relevant and adaptable to many writing situations and assignments. Includes basic research writing and information gathering skills appropriate to a variety of academic disciplines. Students will be instructed in the use of both the M.L.A. and the A.P.A. systems of documentation.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 220 Business & Prof Writing. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101 or WRIT 122.

Provides the study and practice of advanced writing for business and administrative settings. The student learns to write various kinds of messages (informational, bad news, persuasive, critical, sales/solicitation) and uses various formats (memos, letters, reports). Students work collaboratively on group writing assignments.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 221 Intermediate Tech Writing. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (even years)

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101.

Emphasizes advanced strategies and techniques appropriate to descriptive and analytical writing in sciences and technical disciplines.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 294 Seminar/Workshop. 1-3 Credits

Provides freshmen and sophomores an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the fields of composition, literature and language.

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 298 Internship/Cooperative Educ. 1-9 Credits

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 321 Advanced Technical Writing. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101 or WRIT 121 or WRIT 122.

Focuses on effective technical communication, including theory and practice of audience analysis, purpose and scope, organization, and development. Emphasizes drafting, revising, and editing for specialized audiences.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 339 Teaching Writing and Literatur. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101.

Explores theoretical and practical issues related to teaching writing and literature within secondary English classrooms, including creating assignments, evaluating student writing, standardizing writing assessments, and designing multi-modal and digital composition processes.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 396 Peer Tutoring. 1 Credit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): English major or minor and consent of instructor.

R-6. Provides practical experience imparting basic language skills to fellow students in the Writing Lab.

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 398 Cooperative Educ/Internship. 1 Credit

Lecture Hours 1

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 398A Internship/Cooperative Educ. 1 Credit

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): English major, Upper-division status, or consent of instructor.

1cr. R-6. Places the upper-division English student in a section of WRIT 101 College Writing I, as a teaching assistant with a faculty member as mentor. The student will assist the faculty member in teaching the class and have primary responsibility for designing, implementing, and evaluating at least one writing assignment. The class provides direct teaching experience for students pursuing teacher licensure in English.

Lecture Hours 1

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 429 Professional Writing. 3 Credits

3cr. Develops writing skills across multiple modes for effective workplace communication, digital document and portfolio design, professional editing, and other forms of professional writing.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 492 Independent Study. 1-3 Credits

Lecture Hours 1-3

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 494 Seminar/Workshop. 1-3 Credits

Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of English and the teaching of English.

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 498 Internship/Cooperative Educ. 1-4 Credits

V1-4cr. (1-4 other/wk) Provides opportunities for students to acquire field experience in their area of specialization. Individual internships coordinated through the chair and instructor; all students must apply for WRIT 498 during the previous semester.

Department: English & Philosophy

WRIT 499 Thesis/Capstone: Portfolio. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): LIT 201 or consent of instructor.

Requires students to produce a substantial quantity and variety of written work and to demonstrate skills in research or creative scholarship. Each student makes an oral presentation of his or her best chosen work with the advice of instructor. Course affords opportunity for conferences with instructor as well as discussions of related readings. Designed especially for senior English majors. Work produced for Capstone constitutes an outcomes assessment of the quality of the student’s training in English.

Department: English & Philosophy