Writing Courses

Courses in writing (designated WRTG) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in communications
  • a minor in communication studies
  • electives (including related requirements in various majors)

If you are seeking a degree, you must complete WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S (or present its equivalent in transfer) during your first 18 credits of enrollment at UMUC. WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S is prerequisite to all writing courses with higher numbers and most courses in English and communication studies.

WRTG 391, WRTG 393, and WRTG 394 are designated as upper-level advanced writing courses and may be applied toward the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.

Specific WRTG courses may be recommended in relation to specific majors and minors. You should check the descriptions of your curricula.

Fundamentals of Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 100A)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) An introduction to reading, writing, and thinking as inseparable literacy practices that are essential to academic success. The goal is to implement strategies for interpreting academic texts and for developing one’s ideas in relation to those texts. Focus is on using the writing process to craft essays that situate one’s ideas in conversation with other writers and demonstrate critical thinking, proper attribution, and effective language use.

Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Practice in effective writing and clear thinking at all levels, including the sentence and paragraph, with emphasis on the essay and the integration of research into one’s writing. A review of grammar is provided. The objective is to apply specific steps within the writing process, including formulating purpose, identifying an audience, and selecting and using research resources and methods of development. Emphasis is on revising essays and applying a recursive writing process. Assignments require the application of various rhetorical patterns, including narrative, comparison-contrast, and cause-effect analysis, and the integration of sources in APA format. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, or WRTG 101X.

Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101S)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Practice in effective writing and clear thinking at all levels, including the sentence and paragraph, with emphasis on the essay and the integration of research into one’s writing. An intensive review of grammar is provided. Focus is on organizing, developing, and writing academic essays. The goal is to apply specific steps within the writing process, including formulating purpose, identifying an audience, selecting and using research resources and methods of development, and completing other rhetorical tasks. Revision and recursive writing practice are emphasized and encouraged. Assignments include a comparison-contrast analysis, a cause-effect analysis, a research-supported essay, and a final reflective paper. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 100, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, or WRTG 101X.

Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101X)

(Formerly ENGL 101X. Enrollment restricted to students for whom English is not a first language.) Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on a placement test or EDCP 103. Practice in effective writing and clear thinking at all levels, including the sentence and paragraph, with emphasis on the essay and research report. Specific steps reviewed within the writing process include formulating purpose, identifying an audience, and selecting and using research resources and methods of development. Assignments include composing a total of at least 4,500 words (approximately 20 pages). Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 101X, WRTG 101, WRTG 101S, or WRTG 101X. * On-site format available only in Asia

Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. Continued practice in critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. The objective is to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize diverse sources and viewpoints to develop persuasive and academic writing projects. Assignments include prewriting exercises, an annotated bibliography, a synthesis research essay, and a reflective paper. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 291, ENGL 291H, or WRTG 291.

Introduction to Professional Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 293)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An overview of professional writing. The goal is to analyze professional communication scenarios to develop effective workplace writing. Topics include the standards, conventions, and technologies of professional writing; communicating to a variety of audiences; and developing appropriate written responses to workplace challenges. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 293, ENGL 293, or WRTG 293.

Advanced Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 391)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. Instruction and practice in academic research skills. The objective is to critically analyze scholarly sources and effectively integrate source material into a complex argument. Assignments include prewriting exercises, a critique, a critical annotated bibliography, a literature review, and a statement of proposed research. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 391, ENGL 391X, WRTG 391, or WRTG 391X.

Advanced Technical Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 393)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. Recommended: WRTG 291 or WRTG 293. A comprehensive, project-based study of applied technical writing. The aim is to design and develop appropriate and effective technical documents using strategies and technologies for a variety of audiences. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 393/393X, ENGL 393/393X, WRTG 393/393X.

Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in upper-level advanced writing.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A comprehensive, project-based study of applied business writing. The aim is to develop documents appropriate to audience and purpose that are well argued and conform to standards of business writing. Topics include context, purpose, audience, style, organization, format, results, technologies, and strategies for persuasion in typical workplace messages. In addition to shorter assignments, a substantial formal report that incorporates research and support for conclusions or recommendations is required. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 394/394X, ENGL 394/394X, WRTG 394/394X.