Writing 2-3 is a two-term, two-credit course that provides more intensive guidance through the reading, writing, and research processes, including individual support from teaching assistants and a culminating research project. Students likely to benefit from more support in these areas are asked to complete an online placement process during the summer.
See this page for more information about the online placement process for Writing 2-3.
If you have been invited to participate in the Writing 2-3 placement process, please consider when making your decision that Writing 2-3 is a course with limited enrollment. We many not be able to honor all requests for Writing 2-3.
Writing 2-3 is a two-term course in first-year composition based on the assumption that excellence in writing arises from serious intellectual engagement. To achieve this excellence, Writing 2-3 enrolls students into intensive, seminar-style classes in which literary and other works (including the students’ own) are read closely, with attention to substance, structure, and style. The primary goal of Writing 2 is for students to learn to write clearly and with authority. By committing themselves to the rigorous process of writing, discussing, and rewriting their papers, students come to identify and then to master the essential properties of the academic argument.
In Writing 3, students engage in the more sustained discourse of the research paper. These papers are not restricted to literary criticism but typically employ the research protocol of other academic disciplines. Throughout the reading, writing, and research processes, students meet regularly with their tutors and professors, who provide them with individualized assistance.
Professors who teach Writing 2-3 have four goals for the course. We want our students to read more closely, think more critically, write more clearly, and research more carefully than they do when they first arrive in our classrooms. To meet these goals, we engage students with interesting readings, lively class discussions, and challenging writing assignments. The course ends in a culminating research project.