The College and Expository Writing Program | Courses

The College Writing and Expository Writing Program: Courses

1000–2999 (lower level, freshman–sophomore)
3000–3999 (upper level, junior–senior)

Note: Effective Fall 2014, courses formerly offered under the LWR prefix change to the WRI prefix.


College Writing Lab
WRI 1105
/ 1 credit / Fall
A writing lab designed specifically for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students enrolled in WRI 1110. Students receive supplemental instruction in critical thinking and writing, writing mechanics, organization, and style. They also learn techniques for effective workshopping and provide regular feedback on each other’s work.
Corequisite: WRI 1110

Description modified 10/28/14 and Fall 2016 (2/01/16):
College Writing
WRI 1110
/ 4 credits / Every semester (primarily Fall)
The ability to express ideas clearly and effectively in writing is essential to success as a student and citizen. Students learn and practice these skills throughout their academic career at Purchase College, beginning with College Writing. This is an intensive course that teaches students to:

  1. produce strong written work at the college level
  2. read and think critically
  3. take a position and develop an argument of their own
  4. research a topic and write a well-organized paper that develops their claims in dialogue with the sources
  5. revise and improve their papers
  6. present their ideas orally

Discontinued (4/30/15):
Writing Memoir
WRI 2052
/ 4 credits / Alternate years
Students examine self-representation by published memoirists, writing responses to and interpretations of the memoirs. Issues considered include impulse, message, structure, and engagement. Throughout the term, students also write and learn to revise personal memoir pieces, which are workshopped regularly in class.
Formerly also offered as LIT 2052.

Advanced Critical Writing Workshop
WRI 2110
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
What makes a person an insider or an outsider? Beginning with personal experience and writing, students explore the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social class affect individual, communal, national, and transnational identity and belonging in American culture. In connecting multiple levels of experience, students engage in critical reading, research, analysis, writing, and revision, building on their strong skills in preparation for upper-level work.

Reinstated with revised description, Spring 2017 (2/10/16):
The Art of the Essay
WRI 2770
/ 4 credits / Every year
Though often seen as simply a test of students’ knowledge and ideas, essays go far beyond what is generally required in courses. Students in this course read and experiment with a wide variety of critical, journalistic, academic, personal, and experimental essay forms. In the process, they further develop their skills as critical thinkers and writers.
Prerequisite: WRI 1110

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Teaching Good Prose
LIT 3455
Refer to Literature Courses: 3000–3999 for description. Formerly also offered as LWR 3455.

Removed from program Fall 2016 (2/01/16):
Adapting Literature for Performance
THP 3725
Refer to Theatre and Performance Courses (Conservatory of Theatre Arts) for description. Formerly also offered as LWR 3730.

The Personal Essay
WRI 3785
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In the personal essay, writers adopt distinct points of view, moving beyond the emotional to analytical and reasoned positions. Topics can include personal reflections, thoughts on daily life, art analysis, and political arguments. Students read and analyze contemporary essays and “workshop” each other’s writing. Requirements include attending instructor-supervised events (films, performances, guest speakers) outside of class for some writing assignments.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Formerly also offered as LIT 3785.

Updated Feb. 10 2016

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