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Writing Minor

The writing program is the core of the first-year experience at New England College. Writing courses are based in teaching of critical and analytical thinking through a process-oriented curriculum based on a hierarchy of learning. Students learn techniques for discovery and synthesis applicable to course materials across disciplines. Writing courses serve as the ongoing hands-on opportunity for students to develop as writers and thinkers through workshop and revision, peer review and presentation.

New England College students who have successfully completed the two-semester writing course sequence are prepared to effectively synthesize information, draw conclusions, evaluate a wide variety of written and visual texts, and formulate convincing arguments based on academic research. 

First-year Writing Courses/Sequence:

  • WR 1010 – Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I
  • WR 1020 – Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences II 

Course Descriptions

**All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted. 

WR 1010 Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I

Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I is the first Writing course in the hierarchal Writing sequence. Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I is a learner-centered, process-based, portfolio course that requires substantial composition, revision, and discussion time inside and outside of class. The course also has a workshop component that requires students to devote substantial time to reading and thoughtfully critiquing other students’ work. Essential to this course is the course’s commitment to a process-oriented curriculum that teaches and demonstrates learning strategies applicable to courses across the disciplines. The course also provides constant evaluation and assessment throughout the semester, both in class through individual faculty/student conferences, and in written responses to student work. By utilizing texts, themes and assignments which will continually support, define, and complement the General Education theme, as well as working to make connections with the Liberal Arts and Science Seminars, this is the first course in a full-year sequence of writing courses that introduces and shapes the first-year experience for students at New England College.

WR 1020 Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences II

Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences II is the second Writing course in the hierarchal Writing sequence. The primary goal of the course is to build upon what students have learned in the first required Writing course in the hierarchal model. To this end Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences II teaches academic research as a tool for critical thinking that provides the basis for well-developed arguments and research papers. This course requires substantial research, synthesis of information, strong analytical abilities, and application of information through many rhetorical forms. Students are asked to research and discuss a variety of social issues through the use of selected readings which include essays, non-fiction, novels, and substantial use of available library resources. 

WR 2810 Art of the Essay

This course joins the ongoing discussion about what constitutes an essay by reading and writing three of its dominant forms: literary journalism, the personal essay, memoir, and the lyric essay. Class discussions of major essayists will focus on how they choose to tell their true stories and how their choices are suited to their subject matter, including travel, memory, and nature. Students will also research and write original examples of these forms and critique each other’s essays in class.               

WR 3210 (CJ 3220) Murder, Mayhem, and Madness

This course will look at issues facing the incarcerated in America. Students will discuss issues such as violence in prison, overcrowding, women’s issues, the death penalty, and medical and mental health issues. Students will study the works of imprisoned writers as well as scholarly materials that provide a window into the world of the life behind bars. Students will write fiction in the voices of those on the inside, both prisoners and correctional officers.