The Writing Program encourages students to become rigorous thinkers and writers who can construct arguments that matter, craft prose that resonates with their intended audience, and write effectively within the fields of academic discourse.
While the seminars focus on preparing students to succeed as writers with academic communities, their aims align with several broader goals of a liberal education: to help students become more intellectually curious, more closely engaged in the interpretation of texts and cultures, more aware of how scholarly conversations work, more independent and articulate in expressing their own ideas.
The Writing Program administers the first-year writing seminars and also supports a Writing Center where specially-trained peer tutors work with fellow students at all stages of the writing process and across the curriculum.
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This first-year writing seminar explores the biggest questions in the Universe, along with other recent developments in astrophysics via a series of writing assignments.