Specialized Writing Courses

Is one of the specialized writing courses for you?
This chart will help you determine which of these is most appropriate for your background and experience.


WR 121e
for International Students

WR 121 and WR 122

Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE)

Current Instructors
  • Emily Simnitt
    Alison Lau-Stephens
  • Mike Copperman
Possible Topics 
  • The politics of language
  • The challenges of globalization
  • Cross-cultural controversies and differing value
  • Race, class, and issues of identity
  • Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath
  • Education and educational inequality in the US
Class design
  • Guided discussions that help non-native speakers participate
  • 1-on-1 conferences
  • Additional practice with grammar and vocabulary
  • Student-driven discussions for native speakers
  • 1-on-1 conferences and feedback about rhetoric and argumentation
Typical students who enroll
  • International students who placed into language classes at UO. These students should complete AEIS 112 (Academic Writing) before beginning WR 121.
  • Past students have come from many countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Taiwan, Iran, Vietnam, Kenya, and Germany.
  • Diverse domestic students, most of whom completed high school in the US
  • Sometimes low-income or first-generation college students
  • SATv scores typically 480-700
Contact for Registration Approval given through the instructor and the Composition Program:
118 PLC, 541-346-3911
Approval given through the Center for Multicultural and Academic Excellence: 164 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3479