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Welcome to College Writing! Englwrit 112 is the only course that satisfies the university’s CW requirement; a fundamental part of your general education at UMass Amherst, this course emphasizes critical thinking and communication, consideration of plural perspectives, and self-reflection on one’s learning.
More specifically, the purpose of College Writing is to help you grow and stretch yourself as a college writer—for academic assignments and also for the writing demands in your personal, professional, and civic lives. In this course, you’ll examine how writing is a communicative act that always occurs within a particular context, and you’ll gain practice writing for different purposes in multiple contexts.
By writing, reading, and engaging in discussion in this course, you’ll improve your ability to
write for a variety of purposes, audiences, and contexts;
identify (and even play with) audience expectations and textual conventions;
use the writing process, esp. peer review and revision, to re-see and extend your thinking—thus writing essays in which your thinking evolves rather than essays that defend pre-formed positions;
develop your ideas through critical thinking, including analysis and synthesis;
effectively and critically find, use, and cite diverse sources of information;
copy-edit at every level (sentence, paragraph, essay) by considering conventional usage alongside your purpose; and
develop effective writing processes and strategies to apply beyond the course.
For more information on College Writing, see the standard syllabus.