Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Writing
Expository and persuasive writing focusing on practical reasons for evaluating audiences, generating and structuring an argument, and making stylistic decisions. Library research paper.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesFirst-year writing, junior or senior status.
 NoteCarries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring, Summer
 ProgramsContaining WRTG 312
Course Outcomes: 


Analyze, generate, and compose persuasive oral and written arguments adapted to the needs of various disciplinary, public, professional, and interpersonal audiences and contexts. Apply key rhetorical principles for organizing arguments and incorporating artistic proofs (ethos, pathos, logos) and inartistic proofs (research and evidence). Anticipate, understand, and respond effectively to audience values, beliefs, objections, and counterarguments.

Rhetorical Situation

Employ rhetorical principles to adapt written and oral forms of communication to respond to the constraints and affordances of a specific rhetorical situation.


Find and evaluate both scholarly and credible popular sources appropriate to particular persuasive purposes; analyze sources to determine their weight and persuasiveness for specific audiences; synthesize source findings; effectively incorporate sources into writing, and appropriately and accurately document sources.


Employ informed and flexible processes for writing and speaking, including creating and finding ideas, evidence, and data to write about; planning, prewriting, and drafting; peer-reviewing and workshopping; revising; editing and proofreading; designing or presenting a message so that it is successfully understood by a specified audience.

Style & Conventions

Write coherent and unified texts, including effective introductions, clear claims and reasons, supporting details, transitions, and strong conclusions. Write in a correct, clear, and graceful prose style.