General Education: Upper-Division Writing Component CoursesGeneral Education: Upper-Division Writing Component Courses

General Education: Upper-Division Writing Component Courses

Students must complete two upper-level “writing-intensive” courses in, and as specified by,  their major discipline of study.  The Upper-Division Writing Component menu must emphasize professionally-oriented writing within a particular discipline.  The Upper-Division Writing Component gives students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills of written communication as they are specifically applied to their major field of study.  The writing component courses require at least 20 pages of formal writing that has undergone significant revision based on peer or instructor feedback.  The 20-oage total may be attached through multiple assignments of varying page length.

Educational Goals

Application and Analysis

  • To produce prose that is clear, coherent, correct and convincing for readers within the writer's major discipline of study
  • To apply strategies for effective cross-cultural communication

Synthesis and Evaluation

  • To write papers that formulate original positions on a problem or issue within the writer's major discipline of study in the context of a synthesis of multiple primary and/or secondary sources
  • To assess the usefuleness and reliability of potential print, electronic, and primary research for a proposed research report within the writer's major discipline of study
  • To plan, develop, and write discipline-appropriately-documented academic and/or professional texts within the writer's major discipline of study.

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