Writing Program

2014-15 General Catalog

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Program Description

The campuswide Writing Program offers courses designed to help students become more competent and confident writers of prose. The courses offered through this program teach skills of grammar and organization and strategies of invention, composition, revision, and editing. These courses approach writing as one of the most important ways we have of making discoveries about ourselves and the world and of communicating these insights to others.

Together with the colleges, the Writing Program administers the writing components (C1, C2) of the campus general education requirements; administers the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), and advises students about ways to fulfill these requirements.

Writing Program instructors in each college participate in the college’s core course and counsel students about their writing. The Writing Program offers Writing 2 (a lower-division course that satisfies the C2 requirement); the Writing 20, 21, 22, 23 series to help meet the needs of students who have not passed ELWR, including students with complex linguistics backgrounds; instruction for undergraduates in the theory and practice of peer tutoring (Writing 169 and 159); and instruction for graduate students from all disciplines in the theory and practice of teaching first-year composition courses (Writing 203).

Each year, the Writing Program also offers specialized lower-division courses (such as Writing 22A and 22B) for multilingual and international students to provide additional grammar support for essays written in fall core courses and in spring Writing 2 classes.

The Writing Program houses the Humanities Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing.  Now in its fifth year of honoring outstanding first-year writers and of recognizing the pedagogical inspirations of their teachers, the endowment celebrates students’ academic achievements during a fall ceremony attended by friends, family, faculty, and administrators.

Courses in creative writing are offered through the Literature Department.

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Revised: 09/01/14