Writing at Dartmouth

First-Year Writing

Through the first-year writing courses, the College offers entering students a valuable opportunity to develop the thinking and writing abilities that characterize intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse. Our first-year courses introduce Dartmouth students to critical writing and treats writing not primarily as an instrument for communication but as a practice, a practice of thinking, by means of which ideas are discovered, examined, compared, evaluated, refined, and promoted. Each section of our writing courses organize its writing assignments around challenging readings chosen by the instructor. The texts for the class also include student writing.