Courses emphasizing writing offer students the opportunity to develop writing skills useful in a range of contexts and disciplines. Emphases will vary from course to course: some courses will emphasize research; others will focus on persuasion. All will help students make clear and effective presentations in formats appropriate to their disciplines and purposes.
Courses with emphasis on writing will include:
- A significant amount of writing, usually spread over the entire semester
- Writing assignments designed to improve writing skill as well as explore the subject matter of the course
- Discussion in class of the assigned papers, or opportunities for students to talk with the professor, T.A., or writing tutor
- Consideration of students' writing performance in their grades or evaluations.
The courses might also consider some of these topics:
- how to write a particular kind of piece, such as an article for a science journal, or, more broadly, how to write within the conventions of a discipline
- use of source materials and appropriate citation forms
- choice of syntax and phrasing, and the development of style and voice
- uses of rough drafts and revisions. Courses may offer students the chance to revise their work.