Goal of College Writing:
Students meet our learning outcomes through a sequence of projects in analysis, argument and research; we demonstrate scholarly habits of mind, introduce best practices for the writing and research process, and align our course outcomes with transferrable skills for writing projects across the Washington University curriculum.
- Students acquire critical thinking habits when they encounter multimodal texts and respond to the evidence they encounter.
- Students articulate a clear central claim as they write, relying on methods of argument to move from a focused initial thesis statement to a developed conclusion.
- Students develop an understanding of how various kinds of research inform their writing in order to assemble a project of their own design.
- Students understand their own rhetorical situation in a given context and compose work that is appropriate to a given audience.
- Students make deliberate and thoughtful organizational and sentence-level decisions to effectively communicate their ideas.
- Students reflect upon their writing process as they share their work with others and can speak fluently about their writing habits and revision strategies.