To thrive as citizens of the contemporary world, we all need the capacity to communicate effectively and responsibly in written, oral, and digital/multimedia modes.

While these forms of expression are distinct, they are also complementary, with each supporting and even including the others. Among them, writing remains the foundation. But oral communication and digital/multimedia communication are also important, not only in their traditional forms but also in new forms engendered by the technologically driven expansion of communicative capacities. By graduation, all students will be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and in a variety of situations, using appropriate media and modes of expression, in addition to demonstrating special proficiency in those forms of communication most relevant to their particular majors or prospective professions.

Note: The First-Year Writing Seminar is a prerequisite for both Writing, Research, and Inquiry and Writing-Intensive Courses.

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First-Year Writing Seminar

Writing is fundamental, the most important form of expression that BU undergraduates must develop.

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Writing, Research, and Inquiry

Writing as both a means and an expression of inquiry and research is essential to personal, professional, and civic life.

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Writing-Intensive Course

Writing-Intensive Courses enable students to build upon and practice skills learned in the First-Year Writing Seminar and, in some instances, in Writing, Research, and Inquiry courses.

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Oral and/or Signed Communication

Public presentation serves an essential civic function as a means of participating in collective debate and decision-making.

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Digital/Multimedia Expression

Communication through means other than words—whether spoken or written—requires a distinct set of skills.

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