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Writing 3

Writing 3 helps you begin to participate in the discourse community of your discipline, transitioning from the prescribed writing tasks, genres, and audiences that are typical in classrooms to the types of writing that will be expected of you once you enter an academic field or profession.

Which Course Should I Take?

Although it is not always mandated, you should plan to take the Writing 3 course that pertains to your major (for example, communication majors should plan to take Writing 3: Writing for Communication). Many majors require a specific Writing 3 course.

When Should I Take It?

After fulfilling the Writing 2 requirement, all students must enroll in a Writing 3 course (refer to the university catalog for a list of courses that meet the General Education Writing 3: Writing in the Disciplines requirement). Plan to take Writing 3 in your junior or senior year.

What Will This Course Be Like? What Can I Expect?

In this course, you will begin to transition from college writing to professional writing, learning how to write successfully in your chosen career path. You will learn to adapt and translate writing to new audiences and engage in new levels of thinking and rhetorical skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for Writing 3 courses vary, but each one has student learning outcomes related to critical thinking, information literacy, and written communication. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze arguments (e.g., for assumptions, presumptions, alternative viewpoints, and logical consistency) to draw reasoned conclusions
  • Communicate in writing effectively (e.g., fluent use of thesis, argumentation, support, source materials, organization, language, diction, grammar, syntax, and formatting)
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills (e.g., by locating, accessing, ethically using, and evaluating the relevance and reliability of information)