Composition Seminar

Lisa Rourke assisting a student in a classroom

In the Composition Seminar, students build on their existing skills to develop writing practices and gain confidence in preparation for the University Writing Seminar and other courses across the Brandeis curriculum.

The seminar approach enables students and instructors to work together on digital and multi-modal projects in a collaborative environment that facilitates mutual support and intellectual risk taking. 

Pre-draft exercises, workshopping, peer review, and faculty conferences are incorporated into three writing and research projects. For the final assignment, students work in small groups, researching, designing, and developing a website. Projects may focus on campus programs, artifacts, archives, famous alumni, history, or current events.

Students usually take the Composition Seminar in the semester before their University Writing Seminar.

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