The Arts & Sciences Writing Program

Through its courses and tutorials, the Writing Program helps Boston University undergraduates acquire writing and communication skills and more general habits of mind essential both to their full participation in the intellectual life of the University and to their future personal, professional, and civic lives. All candidates for the BA are required to complete two semesters of instruction in academic reading, writing, and research. The standard way of satisfying this requirement is through the two-course sequence CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar and CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar. In these courses, students hone their abilities to craft substantive and balanced arguments, to write clear and compelling prose, to read with comprehension and critical discernment, to conduct college-level research, and to converse thoughtfully about complex ideas.

The Writing Program also is committed to the success of students whose first languages are languages other than English. Students who submitted evidence of proficiency in English as part of their applications for admission are required to take a writing placement test administered by the program. Students may be placed into one of the program’s ESL courses (CAS WR 097, CAS WR 098) or directly into CAS WR 100.

In addition, the Writing Program offers CAS WR 415 Public Writing to juniors and seniors. In this 2-credit course, students rewrite their scholarly research from a previous course for a public audience.