Academic Writing

This course is devoted to the art of academic writing. Although academic writing varies across disciplines, there are some features that are shared by most types of academic writing: expressing ideas in a clear and coherent way, arguing logically and persuasively, and employing effective evidence. This class is designed around three major elements. The first concerns form. Students will become acquainted with different writing styles that are used across disciplines. This may include descriptive, expository, problem-solution, analysis, compare and contrast, and research essays. The second concerns technique. This class will familiarize students with approaches to the various stages of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, and revision. The last component concerns mechanics. Students will learn to identify common mechanical errors that routinely appear in undergraduate writing: run-on sentences, passive voice, tense-shifting, among others.