Courses

100 U.S. Academic Writing for International Students
Recognizing that different cultures define good writing in different ways, this course introduces international students to American academic writing. Students will learn the qualities of a good thesis, a variety of organizational patterns, the characteristics of sound evidence, the roles of the reader and writer, and issues of word choice and American idioms.
One-half credit. Offered during the summer program for international students.

101 U.S. Research Writing for International Students
Reinforcing and extending skills taught in First-Year Seminar, this course explains American academic discourse to international students by examining the forms, conventions, and expectations of American academic writing. Students will practice the research and writing processes, analyze the choices American writers make in organization and argument, and improve their word choice and sentence structure.
One-half credit. Offered every year.

200 Advanced Critical Thinking and U.S. Academic Writing for International Students
This course offers international students advanced instruction in the rhetoric and writing strategies employed by successful American academic writers. Focusing on a course theme chosen by the instructor, students will delve deeply into a topic over the course of the semester. Students will learn to craft an arguable thesis, develop an original interpretation, create increasingly complex organizational structures, experiment with sentence length and style, and construct a voice as a writer.
This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

211 Topics in Expository Writing
A course in expository prose which focuses on the writing process itself, emphasizing the organization of ideas and development of style. Seminars, group tutorials, or individual instruction.
This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

214 Working with Writers: Theory and Practice
Designed primarily for students who serve as tutors in the Norman M. Eberly Writing Center as well as for future teachers, this course examines how people learn to write from both a theoretical and a hands-on perspective.
Prerequisite: permission of the Director of the Writing Program. This course is cross-listed as ENGL 214. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.