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Writing Programs


To support documentation and critical thinking skills vital to student success, the mission of the Writing Programs at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is to educate Students in the types of interdisciplinary writing and rhetorical practices critical to academic and professional careers. The goal of Writing Programs is to provide student-centered and innovative learning experiences in all composition and professional writing courses and to ensure University of the Sciences in Philadelphia graduates are effective written communicators. Additionally, Writing Programs supports the writing undertaken by faculty and staff campus and provides tutorial and other services in the Writing Center.

First Year Writing

The writing program consists of an organized group of interdisciplinary, expository writing courses beginning with WR 101 – Writing and Rhetoric I and WR 102 – Writing and Rhetoric II. In these courses, incoming freshmen focus on developing audience-aware, purposeful writing for a variety of academic and professional situations that students will encounter both in school and the world at large.

Assessment and Skill Development Seminars

All students enrolled in first-year writing participate in portfolio-based writing assessment. In addition to compiling portfolios of written work, students are assessed via in-class essays written at the beginning, middle, and end of the semester. Students whose assessments demonstrate, in conjunction with their in-class work, that they will benefit from additional assistance are required to participate in writing seminars while concurrently enrolled in either WR 101 or WR 102. These weekly seminar groups meet in the Writing Center and are led by trained Writing Center tutors who assist students with their first-year writing assignments. If students are referred to writing seminars, participation is required for the successful completion of the associated writing course.

Minor in Professional Writing

The program hosts a minor in Professional Writing which opens new career options for students and prepares them for important workplace-related writing tasks including writing business plans, formal proposals, grant proposals, and visual/multimedia writing related to website design and maintenance.

ESL Courses

The writing program supports multi-language learners by offering English as Second Language courses in reading, writing, and speaking. These courses help students whose second or other language is English to prepare for college-level speaking and writing.

Writing Center

In addition to the courses it teaches, the writing program operates the Writing Center. The Writing Center serves students of all abilities and in all disciplines and assists with any writing needs.

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