A Closer Look at CORE Fundamental Studies
The University wants you to get off to a good start academically,
to acquire and use the tools that will help you succeed in your studies and
achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. The CORE Fundamental
Studies requirements in English and mathematics provide powerful tools for your
success. We think they are so important that we want you to understand their
intent and potential for you. It is well worth your time to heighten your awareness
of these requirements and what you can get out of them by putting your best
efforts into them right from the start.
Fundamental Studies Mathematics
Over the years, graduates
have written to say that Professional Writing was one of the most useful
courses they took as students at the University. No doubt, you will look back
on your Professional Writing course after graduation as a turning point in becoming
an effective, self-assured writer.
How is Professional Writing different from Freshman
Professional Writing courses link your general education to
the specialized studies of your major and link your specialized studies to the
world at large. You will not write personal essays in Professional Writing or
communications to other people in your major; instead, you will learn to build
verbal bridges between your special field and the minds of people from other
fields who need the information you have. For example, as an economics major,
you may need to explain to your roommate, an English major, the impact of various
hiring trends on her job prospects. At just the time you are beginning to distinguish
yourself in a particular discipline, you must learn to communicate what you
know to those from other disciplines. We believe that such an ability will help
you develop into educated citizens to the extent that you are able to write
responsible and informed prose for general readers.
See the Professional
Writing Program website for comprehensive information on the program and
its requisite courses.
Professional Writing: Program placement
Getting a grade of "A" in ENGL 101 will exempt a student from
the Professional Writing requirement, unless the student is in the College of
Engineering. All engineering students are required to take ENGL 393.
How many versions of Professional Writing are there
and which should I take?
Any version of Professional Writing will provide you with a
solid foundation in writing across and beyond the curriculum; however, different
versions concentrate on writing in specific settings, applying general writing
principles to a range of possibilities. Some majors specify or recommend a particular
390: Science Writing
391: Advanced Composition
392: Legal Writing
393: Technical Writing
394: Business Writing
395: Writing for the Health Professions
398: Topics in Professional Writing
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