Writing plays a significant role in the Gutenberg curriculum. Besides being a very practical skill in its own right, writing is essential to the development of clear thinking. Therefore, writing assignments intended to foster skillful communication and clarity of thought are integrated throughout the curriculum.
In their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, students receive a separate grade for writing. To help them become better writers, a writing tutor provides feedback on the assigned papers during class or through individual tutorials.
Freshman Writing (WRT 101-103)
During their first term, freshmen focus on the elementary principles of academic writing in a writing tutorial. During the remainder of their first year, students write a number of short papers in conjunction with the Western Civilization course.
Sophomore Writing (WRT 201-203)
The purpose of sophomore writing is twofold: first, to strengthen students’ style through mentoring and mimicking the style of a contemporary prose master; and second, to bolster students’ reasoning abilities through the use and application of patterns of argument (like analogy or witness testimony).
Junior Writing (WRT 301-303)
In preparation for their final writing project—the senior thesis—juniors will write a three-part essay similar in structure and style to their senior thesis. This class will help them plan, organize, and execute this junior thesis paper.