MSU Billings Course Descriptions
WRIT - Writing
* WRIT 101 College Writing I
[formerly ENGL 150 College Composition]
3 cr. Prerequisite: Satisfactory passing score on Placement Examination or grade of “C” or better in WRIT 095. (F, Sp) Provides instruction in writing competencies expected of college students. Pays special attention to writing as a problem-solving process, patterns of organization in personal and informative writing, and logical thinking and style in argumentative/persuasive writing. (Course not applicable to English major or minor.)
WRIT 104 Workplace Communications
[formerly ENGL 102 English Essentials for Technical Writers]
3 cr. (3 lec/wk) (F, Sp, Su)
Designed to teach students the fundamentals of the English language, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage, with emphasis on applying these skills in written communication for the work world.
* WRIT 121 Introduction to Technical Writing
[formerly ENGL 145 Technical Communication]
3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite: WRIT 095, WRIT 104, or qualifying score on placement exam and CAPP 120. (Sp)
Introduces the student to the creation and evaluation of several kinds of written and oral technical communication.
* WRIT 122 Introduction to Business Writing
[formerly ENGL 140 Business Writing]
3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of WRIT 095, WRIT 104, or qualifying score on the placement exam. (F, Sp, Su)
Provides instruction in the preparation of business memos, letters, reports, oral presentations, and computer assisted writing in business contexts.
WRIT 180 Editing for Business Writing
[formerly ENGL 180 Editing for Business Writing]
1 cr. (1 lec/wk) Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of one of the following: WRIT 122, WRIT 121, WRIT 101, an approved college English course, or qualifying score on the placement exam. (Sp)
Develops three basic editing skills necessary to achieve an on-the-job level of proficiency. This includes review and instruction on grammar, usage, and style as they apply to the modern office environment.
* WRIT 201 College Writing II
[formerly ENGL 226 Research Writing]
3 cr. Prerequisite: WRIT 101. (F, Sp) Provides opportunities for students to develop writing and thinking skills that are both relevant and adaptable to many writing situations and assignments. Includes basic research writing and information gathering skills appropriate to a variety of academic disciplines. Students will be instructed in the use of both the M.L.A. and the A.P.A. systems of documentation.
* WRIT 220 Business & Professional Writing
[formerly ENGL 201 Business Communication]
3 cr. Prerequisite: WRIT 101 or WRIT 122. (F, Sp) Provides the study and practice of advanced writing for business and administrative settings. The student learns to write various kinds of messages (informational, bad news, persuasive, critical, sales/solicitation) and uses various formats (memos, letters, reports). Students work collaboratively on group writing assignments.
* WRIT 221 Intermediate Technical Writing
[formerly ENGL 210 Technical Writing]
3 cr. Prerequisite: WRIT 101 or WRIT 121. (even Sp) Emphasizes advanced strategies and techniques appropriate to descriptive and analytical writing in sciences and technical disciplines.
V1-3 cr. Provides freshmen and sophomores an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the fields of composition, literature and language.
WRIT 294 Seminar/Workshop
V1-3 cr. Provides freshmen and sophomores an opportunity for experimental study in an area of English or the teaching of English.
WRIT 298 Cooperative Education/Internship
[formerly ENGL 296 Cooperative Education/Internship]
V1-9 cr. Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of English supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).
WRIT 321 Advanced Technical Writing
3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite: WRIT 101 or WRIT 121 or WRIT 122. (F) Focuses on effective technical communication, including theory and practice of audience analysis, purpose and scope, organization, and development. Emphasizes drafting, revising, and editing for specialized audiences.
WRIT 396 Peer Tutoring
[formerly ENGL 390 Peer Tutoring]
1 cr. R-6. Prerequisites: English major or minor and approval of the instructor. (F, Sp) Provides practical experience imparting basic language skills to fellow students in the Writing Lab.
WRIT 398A Internship
[formerly ENGL 394 Internship]
1cr. R-6. Prerequisites: English major, Upper-division status and approval of department chair. (F, Sp) Places the upper-division English student in a section of WRIT 101 College Writing I, as a teaching assistant with a faculty member as mentor. The student will assist the faculty member in teaching the class and have primary responsibility for designing, implementing, and evaluating at least one writing assignment. The class provides direct teaching experience for students pursuing teacher licensure in English.
WRIT 492 Independent Study
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and chairperson of the department. Provides outstanding students with an opportunity for individually guided research and study in English. A contract describing the study must be completed at the time of enrollment and filed in the English Department office. (Note: Not more than 6 credits of WRIT 492 may be allowed toward any program in English.)
WRIT 494 Seminar/Workshop
V1-3 cr. Provides advanced students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of English.
WRIT 494 Seminar/Workshop
V1-3 cr. Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of English and the teaching of English.
WRIT 498 Cooperative Education/Internship
[formerly ENGL 490 Internship]
V1-3 cr. Prerequisites: upper division status and approval of department chairperson. Provides an opportunity for students to acquire field experience and material not covered by regular English courses.