Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

WRT 105, 105E, 105A & 105B

Please note: WRT 105 and WRT 105E were formerly CAS 105 and CAS 105E.

Course Descriptions - CDCS
Alternatives for completion of the Primary Writing Requirement

WRT 105 (4 Credits)

Reasoning and Writing in the College — a grade of “C” or higher satisfies the Primary Writing Requirement.

WRT 105 introduces students to disciplinary writing at the college level by offering instruction in small sections that focus on the act of writing. It provides instruction and practice in clear and effective writing and in constructing cogent and compelling arguments, as students draft and revise numerous papers of different forms and lengths. These papers introduce some of the forms of writing students are expected to produce later in their college careers as well as in their public and professional lives after graduation. The subject of the course is writing, but since writing is about something, each section of WRT 105 presents various texts, mostly written, for analysis and discussion in preparation for constructing extended argumentative essays and a final research paper. Students consider the roles of audience and purpose in shaping the organization, style and argumentative strategies of their own papers, and they learn to become critical readers of their writing through peer critiques and revision and editing workshops.

WRT 105E (4 Credits)

Reasoning and Writing in the College — a grade of “C” or higher satisfies the Primary Writing Requirement.

WRT 105E is an extended version of Reasoning and Writing in the College. While WRT 105 and WRT 105E have the same expectations for completion, WRT 105E is intended for students who decide that they need a more supported writing experience to meet the demands of college writing. All sections of WRT 105E include an additional class session each week and are taught in computer labs and limited to 10 students. WRT 105E students who have worked diligently but have not attained a B- or better may take an incomplete and sign up for the Extension, a weekly workshop and tutorial that allows students to raise their final grades and satisfy the Primary Writing Requirement. (Fall and Spring)

WRT 105A (2 Credits) & WRT 105B (2 Credits)

Reasoning and Writing in the College — a grade of “C” or higher satisfies the Primary Writing Requirement.

WRT 105A (Fall) and WRT 105B (Spring) distribute the work of WRT 105E across two semesters. While WRT 105E and WRT 105A&B have the same expectations for completion, the WRT 105A&B sequence allows students more time to develop as writers. All sections of WRT 105A&B include a weekly writing group, during which students establish their writing goals and do the work of writing with immediate support from the course instructor. Classes are held in computer classrooms and limited to 10 students. To proceed from WRT 105A to WRT 105B, students must earn a grade of “C” or higher. WRT 105B students who have worked diligently but have not attained a B- or better may take an incomplete and sign up for the Extension, a weekly workshop and tutorial that allows students to raise their final grades and satisfy the Primary Writing Requirement. WRT 105A (Fall) WRT 105B (Spring).