2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 18, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Advanced Writing Requirement

Advanced writing courses are discipline based and require students to build upon concepts learned in courses addressing System General Education Goal #1. Students will refine their writing skills appropriate to the discipline. These courses will have a scholarly focus.

Students will build upon concepts learned in courses covering System General Education Goal #1 and refine their skills through research and writing in a discipline specific context.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will:

  1. Read extensively and respond critically in the written discourse of a discipline; formulate research questions, refine topics, develop a plan for research and organize what is known about the topic;  articulate a position through a thesis statement and advance it using evidence from primary and secondary sources, examples, and counterarguments that are relevant to the audience or issues at hand.
  2. Use a style manual and other writing conventions specific to a discipline; avoid plagiarism by adhering to the rules for paraphrasing, summarizing, and the use of quotations, as well as the conventions for incorporating information from Internet-based resources.
  3. Evaluate sources critically, both print and electronic, discern the strength of evidence and arguments, determine credibility, and identify potential bias and overall quality.
  4. Present the results of research or project, either collaboratively or individually, to the class, department, faculty, community members, or at a student research or professional conference.

Each course meeting this goal includes the following student learning outcomes.

Required: #1, #2, #3, #4

Credit Hours:  Integrated in the major or may select a specific advanced course (i.e.,ENGL 379, Technical Communication) which addresses the advanced writing goal and student learning outcomes. Selected course(s) do not add to the total number of credits required for the major.

Each program area/major determines how to best address the advanced writing goal and student learning outcomes; therefore, you should consult your department regarding how this goal and its expectations are accomplished within your specific program of study. Courses used across the various programs at SDSU include the following: