Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Tata, Christine
Discipline and Number
LIT 3304 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Advanced Composition

Description of Course:

This course in literature and composition, LIT 3304, will build and expand upon the reading and writing experiences students encountered in its prerequisite, RHET-1302. Presented in workshop fashion, this class is for students who want to read critically and gain skill and style in their writing. Students will read a variety of short texts – such as anecdotes, memoirs, poetry, essays, dramas, short stories, literary criticism, and material from the professional world – and write in response to those texts. Then, students will deeply analyze their own writing and the writing of their peers, learning specific techniques for editing, revising, and polishing each written document.

Required Texts:

Text books may include the following: Writing Through Literature (3d edition) by Scholes, Comley, and Ulmer; Revising Prose , by Richard Lanham; MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.); a grammar handbook; and The Sense of Style, by Steven Pinker.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be graded on the complete portfolio of their classwork, which will include their class memoir, several short papers and their revisions, and a longer research paper in lieu of a final.

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