University Writing Seminar
The University Writing Seminar introduces students to the power of writing as a means of communication and a process of thinking and understanding. It is the centerpiece of the First-Year Experience, which welcomes students into the rich intellectual life of the university.
Course Descriptions Syllabus Archive
Fall 2023 Class Schedule (room assignments are subject to change)
Spring 2024 Class Schedule (tentative and subject to change)
UWS-02B Darwinian Dating: The Evolution of Human Attraction
UWS-17B Bodies of Evidence: Forensic Science in Fact and Fiction (Fall only)
UWS-34A Reading and Writing Boston (Spring only)
UWS-37A The Biology of Morality
UWS 43A Storytelling in Business (Spring only)
UWS-62A Video Games, Gamers, and Gaming Styles
UWS-64B The Resistance Mix-Tape: Music and Social Justice
UWS-65A Everyday Apocalypse; or Living Through the Long Emergency
UWS-66A Travel and Self-Discovery
UWS-66B Sports, Money, and Power (Spring only)
UWS-67B Music, Protests, and Social Change of the 1960s (Fall only)
UWS-69A Hip-Hop as Social Commentary
UWS-69B The Ethics of True Crime
UWS-70A Beautiful People: Myths, Models, Makeovers
UWS-70B Clones and Copies in Art, Literature, ad Science
UWS-71A Like, But Not Like: The Uncanny Futures of Robots, Cyborgs, and Androids
UWS-71B Zombies and Society: Reading and Writing the Un-Dead
UWS-72A Autobiographical Comics
UWS-72B Driving Change: Student-Led Social Movements
UWS-73A From Leptons to Neurons: The Science of Free Will
UWS-73B The Ethics of Technology
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all University Writing Seminars the same?
Should I take UWS in the fall or spring?
How much credit do I get for UWS?
Why are there enrollment limits?
Can I drop my UWS and enroll in another?
Can I skip UWS in my first year and take it later?
Why do some students take the Composition Seminar before UWS?
Do international students take UWS?
What does the Writing Center have to do with UWS?