Why Take College Writing 1?
Writing is a creative process through which you can explore the ideas of others and develop new ones of your own. Writing is also a craft, through which you communicate those ideas to others in clear, coherent prose. In this course, you will learn both the process and the craft of writing. You will learn how to analyze written texts in order to reach a deeper understanding of their content and style. You will have the opportunity to try several different types of writing, including a personal essay, visual and rhetorical analyses, an argumentative essay, and research writing. You will learn how to tailor your arguments to persuade different audiences in different situations. If you have further questions about the College Writing 1 requirement and curriculum, click here.
The College Writing Program acknowledges the considerable existing strengths of writers coming to Washington University and is designed to extend those strengths, inviting students to become more thoughtful, efficient, and nuanced writers of academic and professional prose.
Transfer students who have not yet taken a course in academic writing/composition and research must take College Writing 1 during their first year of study. If you have taken a course that Washington University considers an equivalent to College Writing 1, you may submit a portfolio of written work for review.