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
Classic Texts in the American Culture to 1900
Social Relations in Cyberspace
The Anthropology of Gender
General Biology Laboratory
Human reproductive and Developmental Biology
Advanced Conversation and Composition II
Topics in Greek and Roman History
Poetic Voices of Protest
The Global Economy
American Literature from 1832 to 1900
European Cultural Studies
European Cultural Studies: The Proseminar
(Fall term--Mr. Dowden only)
French Language and Literature
L'Art d'écrire: French Composition
Topics in French Fiction in Translation
Topics in French Poetry
Hebrew Language and Literature
HBRW 123a (formerly HBRW 110a)
Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature I
HBRW 143a (formerly HBRW 111a)
Advanced Survey of Hebrew and Israeli Literature I
HBRW 143b (formerly HBRW 111b)
Advanced Survey of Hebrew and Israeli Literature II
HBRW 146a (formerly HBRW 107a)
The Voices of Jerusalem
HBRW 161b (formerly HBRW 106b)
Israel Today - Advanced Conversation and Writing
HBRW 164b (formerly HBRW 104b)
HBRW 166b (formerly HBRW107b)
Portrait of the Israeli Woman
HBRW 170a (formerly HBRW 104a)
Social History of the Confederate States of America
Thought and Culture in Modern America
Latin American Studies
Topics in Latin American Studies
Sex discrimination and the Law
Law and Letters in American Culture
Law, Technology, and Innovation
Introduction to Proofs
Introduction to Mathematical Research
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Introduction to Yiddish Prose
(Fall term--Ms. Sherman only)
Sociology of Body and Health
Spanish Language and Literature
Spanish Composition, Grammar, and Stylistics