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124: Academic Writing and Literature

This class is about writing and academic inquiry, with a special emphasis on literature. Good arguments stem from good questions, and academic essays allow writers to write their way toward answers, toward figuring out what they think. In this writing-intensive course, students focus on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments addressing questions that matter in academic contexts. The course also hones students’ critical thinking and reading skills. Working closely with their peers and the instructor, students develop their essays through workshops and extensive revision and editing. Readings cover a variety of genres and often serve as models or prompts for assigned essays; the specific questions students pursue in essays are guided by their own interests.

The Specific Goals of English 125 and English 124

In the English Department Writing Program, our overall learning goals for students in English 125 (Writing and Academic Inquiry) and English 124 (Academic Writing and Literature) are as follows:

  1. To produce complex, analytic, well-supported arguments that matter in academic contexts.
  2. To read, summarize, analyze, and synthesize complex texts purposefully in order to generate and support writing.
  3. To analyze the genres and rhetorical strategies that writers use in different rhetorical situations.
  4. To develop flexible strategies for organizing, revising, editing, and proofreading writing of varying lengths to improve development of ideas and appropriateness of expression.
  5. To hone skills at critical self-assessment and reflection on the process of writing.
  6. To collaborate with peers and the instructor to define revision strategies for particular pieces of writing, to set goals for improving writing, and to devise effective plans for achieving those goals.

Registered & Waitlisted Students

Please remember that you must attend BOTH the first and second class meetings in order to secure your position on the class roster or the waitlist. Failure to attend either meeting can result in your being dropped from the course or the waitlist.


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