English 600: Internship in the Teaching of College English

English 600 supports the new graduate Teaching Interns (TIs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the First-Year Composition program by introducing them to the pedagogy of freshman composition including theories of composition classroom management, course preparation and lesson plans, writing assignment design, evaluation of students, and digital technologies for writing. The course proceeds through lecture, demonstration, readings, discussions, and practice teaching designed to develop professional confidence in graduate teaching assistants as they teach the university's core requirement in written communication. In English 600, our assignments will center on the course requirements for English 103 and the demands of teaching First-Year Composition.


English 300A; Advanced Essay Composition, General

Writing expressive, persuasive, and informative essays and developing appropriate stylistic and organizational techniques. Open to majors, minors, and non-majors.

English 300C: Advanced Essay Composition, Teacher Licensure

Designed to advance the writing proficiencies especially important to students seeking licensure in either middle or high school English Language Arts. Aligned with the Common Core Standards, the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Council of Teachers of English standards for teaching English Language Arts.

English 308: Technical Writing

Overview, theory, and practice of planning, writing, and revising technical documents commonly used in government, business, and industry. Topics include analyzing audience and purpose, simplifying complex information, designing paper and online documents, and project management.

English 632: Writing for Electronic Media

The study of the theories and practices of writing in digital environments. Students will read and think critically about a range of issues relevant to digital writing, such as usability, information architecture, design, content strategy, accessibility, social media use, ethics, and privacy. Students will also practice composing within a variety of web-based genres such as blogs, wikis, social media networks, and websites. Class time will be divided among discussion and workshop/lab activities.

English 610: Rhetoric of Prose Composition

Introduction to contemporary rhetorical theories and methods of written discourse and their pedagogical and practical applications. Required of students focusing on rhetoric.

English 625: Methods of Research in Professional Writing

Survey of theoretic, quantitative, and qualitative methods used by academic scholars and workplace professionals to conduct written technical communication research. Analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and their appropriateness for particular research goals and inquiries.

English 708: Seminar: Rhetoric of Digital Composition

This seminar focuses on the rhetorical dimension of online/digital composition, including topics such as audience, purpose, genre, argument, and style. Our aim will be to challenge and refine our ideas about online/digital writing and rhetoric and to discover how a complex view of online/digital writing and rhetoric applies to our practice as writers and teachers of writing.

Workshop: The Computer as Collaborator: Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Dissonance, and Creativity