CAS WR 120

CAS WR 120 replaces CAS WR 100 starting in Fall 2018. Students who were planning to enroll in WR 100 in Fall 2018 or after should enroll in WR 120 instead.

First-Year Writing Seminar

WR 120, First-Year Writing Seminar, will help you cultivate skills and habits of mind essential to your academic success and to your future personal, professional, and civic life. Writing is a way not only to express what you have to say but also to discover and evaluate it. You will write a great deal at BU and beyond, and each occasion will present you with a range of questions: Who is my audience, and what kind of writing does the occasion call for? How should I structure my writing to engage, inform, persuade, and perhaps even entertain an audience? How can I judge sources wisely and use them effectively and responsibly? How can I clearly express my ideas? In this class we will review general principles about how to address such questions, and we will put those principles into practice as we read, talk, and write about our topic.

Course Objectives

You will receive one Hub unit for this class: Writing.

You will develop your abilities to

• read a range of genres with understanding, appreciation, and critical judgment;
• express yourself orally and converse thoughtfully about complex ideas;
• craft responsible, considered, and well-structured written arguments;
• produce clear, coherent prose in a range of genres and styles, using different media and modes of expression as appropriate;
• plan, draft, and revise efficiently and effectively, and help your peers do the same by responding productively to their work;
• reflect on your own reading, writing, and editing practices.

Instructional Format, Course Pedagogy, and Approach to Learning

Although they differ with regard to their subject content, all WR seminars share common goals and lead you through a sequence of assignments that emphasize a process of planning, drafting, and revising informed by feedback from your classmates and instructor. You will reflect on your approach to this process so that you can adapt it to future occasions. The seminar will also give you opportunities to engage in focused scholarly inquiry and conversation.

In WR 120 you will craft a series of writing assignments in multiple genres, entering into an intellectual conversation on the topic of the course. You will learn about the process of writing, from understanding and analyzing sources to organizing your ideas, responding effectively and responsibly to the ideas of others, and revising your writing for clarity and impact. You will participate in workshops and other activities designed to help you make informed rhetorical choices and communicate with an awareness of your audience.

Book an Online Writing Consultation

Writing Consultants are available for online tutoring for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online. Appointments will be held online only until further notice.
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WR Transfer Credit

Did you take or are you planning to take a writing class at another school? You may be able to receive WR transfer credit for it.
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Alumni Writing Awards

CAS is now accepting nominations for its annual Alumni Awards for Writing Excellence. This year alumni donors will recognize four outstanding student papers: two in the Humanities, one in the Natural Sciences, and one in the Social Sciences. Contest information