What is Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I? (continued)
In this course, students will learn to understand and apply the conventions of academic writing and the organization of their writing, as well as integrate thinking, reading, and writing in research. Students will improve mechanics, spelling, and grammar in their own writing, while learning how to construct bridges between the writer and reader (audiences) based on relevant knowledge, experience, and values that are shared and unshared. Finally, students will gain competency as writers of various forms of analytical academic essays by using writing strategies such as narration, description, exposition and persuasion.
The goals of this course are, first, to develop the students' critical and analytical thinking skills in the context of a sound rhetorical approach to written communication; and, second, to instill a fundamental sensitivity to and facility with language. Areas of study include the nature of the writing process, situation and audience, problem definition, invention techniques, thesis statements, organization, drafting, revisions, and the fundamentals of editing. Assignments follow thematic sequences leading students from experience-based, issue-oriented arguments to the essentials of formal academic research.
Because writing is a process, Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I also serves as a model for successful learning. Students in this course will also complete writing assignments that focus on their own process of becoming active learners who are responsible for their education. They will be encouraged and guided to apply the skills learned in this course to their other coursework and their education in general. Students in Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences I will be equipped with tools that will help them become a part of the NEC community and be guided to develop an understanding of their role as students and scholars. These tools include working with varied organizational approaches to improve study habits, working one-on-one with faculty in a mentee/mentor relationship in order to develop strategies for choosing a major, dealing with difficulties, and adjusting to college life. Lastly, this course will help students develop necessary strategies for articulating concerns, problem solving, and time management.