WRIT-014: Critical Reading & Writing Seminar for International Students
This academic writing course supports undergraduate and graduate international students in preparing themselves for the types and level of academic writing required for essay examinations, reflection essays, research papers, position papers, and reports in a range of academic disciplines. The principles of rhetorical organization and language development are thoroughly explored and practiced within the context of each student’s language and academic background. Frequent individual conferences with the instructor are scheduled. The course grants 3 undergraduate elective credits.
WRIT-015: Writing Culture and Seminar
An intensive seminar, enrolling no more than 15 students, focused on developing students’ ability to use writing as a tool for inquiry, to develop their writing through an iterative process, and to practice writing in different rhetorical situations. Students should take this course as early as possible and no later than the end of the sophomore year.
The Writing and Culture Seminar helps students develop their ability to:
- Read critically in ways that are attentive to language, context, and form
- Write in ways that are appropriate for different rhetorical situations, with awareness of genre, context, and technology
- Deploy language’s many resources, including its figurative power as well as conventions of grammar, punctuation, syntax, and semantics, to shape and communicate meaning with clarity and fluency
- Research, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate evidence in order to build and support effective analyses and arguments
Note: Please see the official Registrar's Schedule of Classes for individual WRIT-015 section descriptions.
WRIT-018: Lit & Writing Seminar for International Students
This course is designed to give international students a broad overview of American Literature within a cultural and historical context. The spring semester covers American literary and historical writings from the Colonial period through the 19th century as they relate to contemporary American culture. Students are expected to read and discuss classic literary works in the original; the course focuses on the elements of writing critically; students produce essays, reflection papers, research papers/presentations, and critical analyses. This American literature and academic writing 3-credit course fulfills an undergraduate humanities requirement and the HALC requirement.
Lower-level electives serve as the primary means of immersion into various fields of study in English. No prior knowledge of the field is expected. The majority of these courses count toward the HALC (Humanities: Arts, Literature, and Cultures) requirement.
Upper-level electives provide a more intense understanding of a particular field of study. They assume students are proficient at close reading and are able to engage with secondary sources.
These small seminars (capped at 18) are open to senior English majors only. They offer substantial engagement in a particular topic and assume students’ ability to apply critical methodology.