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.
Before registering for College Writing, each student should speak with his or her advisor to obtain a semester placement assignment.
Initial Course Placement
Most students place directly into College Writing and will take the course either in fall or spring semester of their first year of study. (Advisors have pre-assigned semester placement information. Students should not register for College Writing until they know which semester they have been assigned to take the course.) Students enrolled in IPH/Text & Tradition or Literary Culture of Modern Ireland programs take a linked College Writing course. In order to fulfill the first year writing requirement, students in all sections must earn a C- or better in the course. Students who earn a grade of D+ or lower will take additional writing coursework. (In most cases, they will be required to re-take College Writing.)