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Writing Studies

In a constantly changing world of digital communication, the study of writing is needed more than ever. Employers in every field are looking for—and hiring—modern writers, those who can make the complex clear, those who can produce and revise texts across screens, those who can move an audience in a new direction. Writing Studies prepares you for this career.

At the heart of each Writing Studies course is the study of rhetoric, the ancient art of finding and circulating arguments, and its application to real life situations. In other words, you get to take what you learn in the classroom and make something happen outside the classroom. It's hands-on, real world, problem-solving, a unique experience and an advantage on the job market or when transferring to your four-year institution.

Whether you intend to write as a career or are looking to make a difference in your community with your writing, come join us in Writing Studies and write the world.

Program Description

Writing Studies is a multifaceted program that prepares you for academic, public, and professional writing. Courses range from workplace writing, technical writing, and digital writing, to the advanced study of writing, such as professional writing and community writing, professional editing and writing center theory, and argumentative writing and advanced composition.

As one of the few Liberal Arts programs with a home in Career and Technical Education, you have the opportunity to earn a Professional Writing Certificate, resulting in a professional portfolio which you can use on the job market. We host a professional writing lecture series, Writing Professionally, in which professionals talk about how they entered their field, what kinds of texts they write, and what they wish they would have known about writing as college students. It's a unique opportunity for you to learn from and network with real professional writers.

Program Philosophy

We believe that the study of rhetoric and writing can improve students' lives. Whether they pursue an academic, public, or professional path, Writing Studies prepares students to engage with writing and effect change in their communities. Our theoretical and practical approach provides students with the tools to read situations, identify problems, and locate solutions. In an ever-changing world mediated by digital technologies, Writing Studies offers students a way in, to participate in conflicts and conversations, with effective writing techniques.

Program Outcomes

By studying Writing at College of DuPage, students will:

  • Locate and analyze audiences.
  • Identify ways to persuade audiences.
  • Gather research and data.
  • Use rhetoric and research appropriately to achieve desired effects.

  • Collect already published research, data, studies, and evidence.
  • Gather your own new data through interviews, surveys and observations.
  • Assemble ethical arguments using this data to move an audience.

  • Read about the history, context, and motives surrounding rhetorical events.
  • Analyze these motives for rhetorical purposes.
  • Locate evidence for these assumptions.
  • Invent viable responses.
  • Circulate logically structured arguments to appropriate audiences.

Program Information

  • Jillian Grauman
    PhD: Iowa State University

  • Timothy Henningsen
    PhD & MA: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Jacinta Yanders
    PhD: The Ohio State University

ENGLI 1101: English Composition I
Introduces key concepts in rhetoric and writing, including situation and context, audience, genre, purpose, and persuasion. Students apply these concepts in writing projects that demonstrate how reading and writing are embedded in multi-faceted academic, personal, social, political, and/or professional purposes. These writing projects unfold through a deliberate process of inquiry, feedback, and revision. Prerequisite: Reading Placement Category 1, or ENGLI 0492 Approaches to College Writing II with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Prerequisite: ENGLI 0493 Approaches to College Writing II ALP with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Prerequisite: ELS 0553 Academic ESL Writing III with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Appropriate score on the Writing Placement Test(s) or Corequisite: ENGLI 0493 Approaches to College Writing II ALP Must be enrolled in linked section taught by same instructor. These are defined pairs.
  • This class is offered in a wide variety of times and formats; for a complete list of all sections of ENGLI 1101, please review myAccess.

ENGLI 1101: English Composition II
Builds upon the rhetoric, reading, and writing concepts introduced in English Composition I by having students compose inquiry-driven research projects. In their research process, students find and select the most appropriate sources to address research questions that are intended for a discourse community. Students integrate sources meaningfully for support and present their findings via the forms of media and genre that suit the project's objectives. Prerequisite: ENGLI 1101 English Composition 1 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.

  • This class is offered in a wide variety of times and formats; for a complete list of all sections of ENGLI 1102, please review myAccess.

ENGLI 1105: Workplace Writing
Course focuses on the processes and strategies for creating various modes of communication within a workplace setting. Students will gain skills in assessing and addressing various audiences, observing stylistic conventions, and using appropriate elements of document design to communicate effectively. The course emphasizes the preparation of a variety of documents, such as resumes, letters of application, internal and external correspondence, descriptions, proposals, summaries, and reports. It also introduces strategies for conducting research and observing copyright. Prerequisite: ENGLI 0492 Approaches to College Writing II with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Prerequisite: ELS 0553 Academic ESL Writing III with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Appropriate score on the Writing Placement Test(s). Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • 16 week session, Jan. 22 to May 15, 2020
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday,  9 to 9:50 a.m. | TBA
    • Tuesday, (HYB) 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. | Professor Bailey
    • Thursday, (HYB) 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. | Professor Bailey
    • Online | Professor Allen
  • 12 week session, Feb. 17 to May 15, 2020
  • Online | TBA
  • 1st 8 week session, Jan. 18 to March 11, 2020 
  • Online | Professor Accardi
  • 2nd 8 week session, March 12 to May 8, 2020 
  • Online | Professor Accardi

ENGLI 1110: Technical Writing
An introduction to technical writing with an overview of key issues such as usability, audience analysis, designing pages and digital screens, effective collaboration with peers, researching, interpreting and ethically presenting data, and writing clearly and persuasively. Also includes instruction in writing, revising, and presenting common technical writing genres, which could include emails, instructions, tutorials, manuals, reports, product/process descriptions, proposals, and presentations using visual aids. Prerequisite: ENGLI 0492 Approaches to College Writing II with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or ELS 0553 Academic ESL Writing III with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or appropriate score on the Writing Placement Test(s). Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • 16 week session, Jan. 18 to May 15, 2020
    • Online | TBA

ENGLI 1115: Digital Writing
Concentrates on writing techniques that combine elements of digital composition, accessible grammar, and appropriate prose to develop an effective style suitable for various modes of digital communication. This course explores the ever-evolving landscape of digital rhetoric, preparing students for delivering content fitting for a range of audiences, from individuals to the global stage. Prerequisite: ENGLI 0492 Approaches to College Writing II with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Prerequisite: ELS 0553 Academic ESL Writing III with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Appropriate score on the Writing Placement Test(s). Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • 16 week session, Jan. 22 to May 15, 2020
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 to 10:50 a.m. | Professor Yanders

ENGLI 2100: Writing Center Theory and Practice
Experiential course designed to prepare students for writing center work through instruction in writing center theory and practice. Includes writing; observing sessions in the Writing, Reading, Speech Assistance area; tutoring; and self-reflecting on writing and research experiences. Prerequisite: ENGLI 1101 English Composition 1 with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and Concurrent Enrollment: ENGLI 1102 English Composition 2 or Consent of Instructor.

  • 16 week session, Jan. 21 to May 14, 2020 
    • Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.* | Professor Grauman
      • *honors section

ENGLI 2105: Writing in the Professions
An in-depth study of writing in the professions, exploring the structure and format of professional writing documents and how these documents function as a communicative tool. Provides a solid foundation upon which students can build as they develop specializations in their professional fields. Special attention will be paid to the rhetoric of professional writing and professional writing issues in professional settings. Includes instruction in rhetoric, research, and writing professional documents such as reports, proposals, and presentations. Prerequisite: ENGLI 1102 English Composition II with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or
Concurrent Enrollment: ENGLI 1102 English Composition II or Consent of Instructor

  • 16 week session, Jan. 18 to May 15, 2020 
    • Online | Professor Accardi

ENGLI 2110: Professional Editing
Focuses on the basic principles of editing professional documents, including editing for content, organization, style, layout, and mechanics. Topics may include documentation formats, readability, usability testing, digital publishing, and proofreading. Prerequisite: ENGLI 1102 English Composition II with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Concurrent Enrollment: ENGLI 1102 English Composition II or Consent of Instructor

  • 16 week session, Jan. 18 to May 15, 2020
    • Online | Professor Grauman

ENGLI 2115: Writing in the Community
An in-depth study of the content, form, and function of the professional writing used in community organizations. Provides a solid foundation for students currently working or planning on working at a community organization. Special attention will be paid to public rhetoric for the purposes of communicating the missions of the community organization, such as attaining grants, fundraising, and establishing goodwill in the community. Includes instruction in rhetoric, research, and writing professional texts, such as grants, reports, proposals, advertisements, research requests, and presentations. Prerequisite: ENGLI 1102 English Composition II with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Concurrent Enrollment: ENGLI 1102 English Composition II or Consent of Instructor

  • 16 week session, Jan. 21 to May 14, 2020  
    • Thursday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. | Professor Accardi

ENGLI 2300: Advanced Composition
Builds upon the rhetoric and writing skills developed in Composition I and II. Students will study and apply rhetorical theory, from the classical through the postmodern periods, in order to read and write within a variety of rhetorical situations. They will also investigate and incorporate research methodologies and prose styles used in different academic and professional discourse communities. Students will create a portfolio of work tailored to their academic and professional goals, which will include multimodal elements. Prerequisite: ENGLI 1102 English Composition 2 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent

  • 16 week session, Jan. 21 to May 14, 2020  
    • Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.* | Professor Accardi
      • *honors section 

The rhetorical and problem-solving skills learned through Writing Studies are foundational to diverse career fields including:
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Writing

Honing your writing skills is one of the most beneficial things you can do to further yourself professionally. Every company I have worked for has leveraged my writing skills. Being able to clearly and concisely write will always propel you forward and make you stand out in a sea of job candidates. 

Laura MeloneDirector of Litigation & Risk Management, US LBM Holdings

Contact Information

Jill Salas
Chair of Developmental English

Tim Henningsen
Chair of Composition

Jason Snart
Chair of Literature, Creative Writing and Film