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The English Department Writing Program
The English Department Writing Program is dedicated to the teaching of writing, particularly at the 100- and 200-level. Our courses aim to prepare all students to write effective analytic arguments that matter to them and to their audience in whatever academic and professional fields they choose to pursue; to read and analyze complex texts critically; and to develop flexible and appropriate strategies for revising academic writing to strengthen the development of ideas and hone the appropriateness of expression. In our creative writing courses, students also have the opportunity to explore the creation of fiction and poetry. Over the course of the academic year, we teach approximately 6700 students from across the university.
The English Department Writing Program administers ENGLISH 124, 125, 223, 225, 229, 230, 325, and 425 and in many cases students fulfill their Upper-Level and First-Year Writing Requirements in our courses.
Courses in Expository Writing. Courses in writing develop a student"s sense of the various possible forms of expression. Writing practice, lectures, and class discussion are supplemented in these courses by regular meetings with the instructor. Sections of ENGLISH 225 include a great variety of writing projects, while sections of ENGLISH 325 and 425 tend to be somewhat more specialized.
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