University Bulletin 2001-02 University Writing University Bulletin 2001-02
University Writing

The writing requirement is satisfied by completing one of the following options:

Option I: One University Seminar in Humanistic Inquiries Plus Writing (USEM+W) course taken in the first year, plus two writing intensive courses. The USEM+W course has a fourth hour of instruction focusing on composition that is closely linked, thematically and stylistically, to the academic disciplines that define the context and content of the course.

Option II: One University Writing Seminar (UWS) taken in the first year, plus one writing intensive course, in addition to a University Seminar in Humanistic Inquiries (also taken in the first year). The UWS is a full-credit course specifically dedicated to writing as a subject in its own right; it treats writing as a multifaceted art and gives students an opportunity to study and experiment with a broad range of writing styles.

All first year students will thus complete either a USEM+W or a UWS course. Both courses place special emphasis on forms of argumentation. Other areas of attention include critical reading, essay structure, revising, research skills, and proper documentation.

Writing Intensive courses are upper-level courses that are offered in departments throughout the University. Normally taken in a student's second or third year, these courses are based in a specific academic discipline and require frequent or regular attention to writing and instruction in the skills of academic writing.

The list of courses that satisfy the Writing Intensive requirement changes each year. The following list should be considered preliminary, courses that satisfy the requirement in a particular semester are designated "wi" in the course schedule for that semester. When there is a conflict between this Bulletin and the Course Schedule(s) regarding the designation of a course as Writing Intensive, then the information in the Course Schedule takes precedence. Consult with the director of University Writing if in doubt about whether a course satisfies the requirement in a specific semester.

Courses of Instruction

COMP 1a Composition

Prerequisite: Placement by the director of University Writing. Enrollment limited to 10 per section. Successful completion of this course does NOT satisfy the first-year writing requirement.

A course in the fundamentals of writing, required as a prerequisite to the first-year writing requirement for selected students identified by the Director of University Writing. Several sections will be offered in the fall semester.


UWS ##a and ##b University Writing Seminar

Enrollment limited to 17. Four semester hour credits.

A course in college writing, with stress on writing sound argumentative essays that demonstrate mechanical and stylistic expertise. This course satisfies Option II of the first-year writing requirement. Offered every semester.


Writing Intensive Courses

American Studies

AMST 100a

Classic Texts in the American Experience: Through the Civil War


ANTH 55a

Models of Development: Third World

ANTH 83a

Anthropological Inquiry

ANTH 138a

Social Relations in Cyberspace

ANTH 163b

Economic Anthropology: Production and Distribution


BIOL 18a

General Biology Laboratory

BIOL 160b

Human Reproductive Biology

Classical Studies

CLAS 115b

Topics in Greek and Roman History



Analysis of Economic Problems

English and American Literature

ENG 125b

Romanticism II: Byron, Shelley, and Keats



Hebrew Language and Literature

HBRW 104b

Israeli Theater

HBRW 107b

Portrait of an Israeli Woman

HBRW 110a

Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature I


HIST 139b

Fascism East and West

HIST 140a

A History of Fashion in Europe

HIST 145b

Introduction to Modern France

HIST 147a

Imperial Russia

HIST 147b

Twentieth-Century Russia

HIST 152b

Salem, 1692

HIST 163a

Socialism and Communism in American History

HIST 174a

The Legacy of 1898: U.S.-Caribbean Relations since the Spanish-American War

HIST 178a

The Stalin Revolution

Legal Studies

LGLS 127b

Law and Letters in American Culture

LGLS 137a

Libel and Defamation, Privacy and Publicity


MATH 23b

Introduction to Proofs

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

NEJS 86b

Introduction to Yiddish Prose


PSYC 131b

Seminar in Health Psychology

PSYC 152a

Experimental Psychology

(Fall term--Ms. Sherman only)

(Spring term--Ms. Sherman and Ms. Zebrowitz)

Religious Studies

REL 107a

Approaches to Religious Studies


SOC 189a

Sociology of Body and Health


SPAN 106b

Spanish Composition, Grammar, and Stylistics