ENGL 103
The Art of the Undergraduate Essay
Last Offered Winter 2023
Division I Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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Writing papers for college courses feels different — and, for most people, more challenging — than writing papers in high school. No longer can you get away with papers written according to the old formula,”tell-’em-what-you’re-going-to-tell-’em, tell ’em, tell-em-what-you-told-’em” formula. Professors now assume that you will design complex arguments supported by subtle evidence and in-depth analysis. In this course, we will study and practice the art of the college essay. We will work in three disciplines or fields: literature, interdisciplinary social studies, and visual art/film. At the end of this intensive course, you will feel comfortable answering the prompts and assignments in a wide range of courses. Readings will be relatively short; assignments will be frequent; drafts and revisions will be built into the curriculum.
The Class: Format: seminar; During the visual art unit, we may visit local museums. Drop-in office hours will be available several afternoons every week.
Limit: 12
Expected: NA
Class#: 1317
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and active classroom participation (including occasional field trips); daily writing exercises and several short papers; regular one-on-one meetings with professor for writing critiques.
Prerequisites: permission of a dean
Enrollment Preferences: students who need to make up a deficiency
Unit Notes: This course is designed to count for both full semester and Winter Study credit. Once a dean approves enrollment, the Registrar's Office will register students in ENGL 103 and ENGL 42.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: This in-person class will include regular time for writing with plenty of feedback during the drafting process.
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses

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