University of Mississippi

Liberal Arts 102

FIRST-YEAR SEMINARStudents working with technology in class.

While the LIBA 102 seminars are all different and depend on the expertise of the faculty conducting them, they share pedagogical goals and are a part of the same sequenced first year writing instruction. On this page, we provide information about the overall course purpose and goals; we also provide links to the individual course descriptions provided by each instructor.


Course description:

LIBA 102 is a first-year writing course conducted within the context of a research area within a specific discipline designed to build on writing abilities learned in WRIT 100/101. The course works to develop critical thinking and research abilities appropriate for use in academic writing within a particular discipline. The course pays special attention to developing argumentation, analysis of texts, and synthesis of information into thoughtful, coherent written projects. Students enrolled in LIBA 102 produce papers that are longer and more in depth than in WRIT 100/101. The course culminates in a final portfolio of the student’s work.


Course purpose:

The objectives of this course are

  1. to develop writing abilities learned in WRIT 100/101, including the understanding that writing is a process that develops over time through revision (Writing Process);
  2. to write for specific purposes and for specific audiences (Purposes and Audience);
  3. to respond critically to different points of view so that the student creates effective and sustained arguments (Exploration and Argumentation);
  4. to become proficient at locating primary and secondary research from a variety of sources and at evaluating the reliability of sources (Research); and
  5. to become effective researchers and writers of research papers as a member of an active writing, reading, and researching community, understanding that such writing should be free of serious grammatical and mechanical errors while following disciplinary writing conventions (Conventions and Mechanics).