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In the first year, students choose their point of entry into the sequenced, two-course requirement: an optional course to prepare students to be successful in the required first semester course (WRIT 1060 Academic Writing Process), the first semester course that includes a one-hour a week writing studio (WRIT 1200 Reading Writing Research I PLUS), or the first semester course without the studio (WRIT 1400 Reading Writing Research I). In Reading Writing Research I, students learn about writing as a mode of inquiry, reflect on their own literacies, and begin to use reading and writing as ways to explore and answer questions. In the second course, students learn how the research process facilitates the production of knowledge by developing and completing a research project that uses both primary and secondary evidence to answer academic questions.

WRIT 1060 - Academic Writing Process (3 credits)
Fall and Spring Semesters

This course supports students in the transition to college-level writing, with emphasis on the importance of purpose, audience, and tone. Students will learn to focus their ideas, develop their voice, and construct organized essays. WRIT 1060 teaches students strategies for drafting, revising, and editing their written work for a variety of contexts. Students must earn a grade of C- or better to progress to WRIT 1400, Reading, Writing, Research I. This course cannot be taken on a Grade/Pass/Fail basis.

WRIT 1400 - Reading, Writing, Research I (3 credits)
Fall and Spring Semesters

This course introduces students to reading and writing at the college level, emphasizing the process of composing source-based essays to a specific audience and purpose. WRIT 1400 presents strategies for critical reading, purposeful revision, and reflection within a clear writing process. Time will be spent working on presenting ideas with clarity and correctness. This course meets the General Education First Year Core requirement.

WRIT 1200 - Reading, Writing, Research I PLUS (4 credits)
Fall Semester 
This course serves as an introduction to the kinds of reading and writing students will be expected to do in college. Emphasis on the developing confidence as writers, especially students’ identities as writers through practice and reflection. This course will present strategies for critical reading, purposeful revision, and reflection. This course also includes a one hour studio.

WRIT 1500 - Reading, Writing, Research II 3 credits
Fall and Spring Semesters

Advancing concepts introduced in WRIT 1400, this course focuses on research writing at the college level. Emphasis will be on developing a sound research process from inquiry to final product using strategies for applying research methods in order to locate, critically read, and evaluate diverse texts (scholarly, popular, print, media). Focus will be on presenting research in a comprehensive research writing project using appropriate rhetorical conventions. This course meets the General Education First Year Core requirement.

Prerequisite: WRIT 1400 or equivalent course experience.

Professional writing specialists are available in the Writing Center each weekday and evening for writing assistance. There is no charge for this service, and full-time, undergraduate students may sign up for a maximum of two 1/2 hour sessions each week.

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