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Basic Writing 111

Basic Writing (ENGLWRIT 111) is an intensive reading and writing course designed for students who need additional preparation before taking College Writing (ENGLWRIT 112). This course awards three U.S. Diversity credits and focuses on the theme of borders.  Students read and write about the physical, national, cultural, and linguistic borders that shape life in the United States.  Students produce essays incorporating what they read in class as well as their own personal experience and knowledge.  All classes are held workshop-style in computer labs to allow for collaboration and consultation among students and between students and teacher. Basic Writing is a key part of General Education at UMass Amherst and is overseen by the University Writing Committee, which reviews first-year writing at the University every five years.

About Basic Writing 111
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For more information about Basic Writing at UMass Amherst, please contact Anne Bello, Deputy Director of the Writing Program.



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