Over the past several years, Dr. Kratzke has adapted his training and scholarship in literary studies in engaging the field of Rhetoric/Composition. In particular, he studies the social practice of genre in various forms: cultural materials related to the nineteenth-century 'bicycle boom' and its aftermath, maps, and other technical forms of communication. He also considers materials from popular culture in terms of teaching writing (with an eye toward 'multimodality').
Rhetoric/Composition, especially a rhetorical approach to genre practice; Teaching grammar/syntax; Business communication forms; Popular culture (especially sports, humor, and technology); Ethnography and genre in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century cultural materials, particularly centered on the bicycle market
WRTG 1100 - Extended First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Extended version of WRTG 1150 that carries an additional hour of credit and is intended for students desiring more preparation and practice in college writing. Meets the same goals as WRTG 1150. Features one extra hour of small group work out of class. Focuses on critical analysis, argument, inquiry and information literacy. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours.
WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
WRTG 3040 - Writing on Business and Society
Through selected reading and writing assignments, students examine ethical and social issues in the context of business decision-making processes. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course emphasizes effective communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).