WRIT 102 (First-Year Writing II) is a theme-based, first-year writing course designed to build on writing skills learned in WRIT 101 and develop critical thinking and research skills appropriate for use in academic writing. The course pays special attention to developing argumentative skills, analyzing texts, and synthesizing information into thoughtful, coherent essays and projects. Students enrolled in WRIT 102 will produce papers that are longer and more in-depth than in WRIT 101. The course culminates in a final portfolio of the student’s work.
The objectives of this course are
- to develop basic writing skills learned in WRIT 101, including the understanding that writing is a process that develops over time
- to write for specific purposes and for specific audiences,
- to respond critically to different points of view, allowing the student to create effective and sustainable arguments,
- to become skilled at locating primary and secondary research from a variety of sources and at evaluating their reliability, and
- to become effective researchers and writers of research papers as a member of an active writing, reading, and researching community.