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The Warren College Writing Program

Academic Argumentation

The overarching objective of the Warren College Writing Program is to make you a confident contributor to the academic conversation.  Our courses are designed to encourage the intellectual habits and practices that will give you a solid foundation for success in the university and beyond.   

To achieve these aims, Warren Writing aligns itself with Chancellor Khosla’s commitment to providing UCSD students a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented education.  In our student-centered classrooms, we focus on you.  We meet you where you are, valuing the experience and the knowledge you bring with you to the university.  We move you forward by giving you careful, individualized feedback, so that you can produce your very best work.  We engage you in a curriculum that will offer you multiple opportunities to direct your writing education.  We keep our classes small so that you can shape the class discussion.  We devote class time to talking about your writing, giving your work the same kind of intellectual consideration that we give to the essays written by experts.  We teach you how to participate in peer-to-peer instruction, so that you can engage in rich conversations about writing with your peers. 

We also believe that our courses provide an excellent foundation for your research education.  We’ve designed our courses so that they will immerse you in the practice of inquiry—a practice that is foundational to the work you’ll do in any field you choose, including the sciences.  We teach you how to ask and refine good questions, how to work with evidence, how to put forward and refine a hypothesis or claim, and finally, how to communicate that claim persuasively to an academic audience.  All of these skills will be foundational to the research you do at the university and beyond. 

Finally, while we don’t provide opportunities for service within our writing courses, we do provide you with the skills you’ll need to meet the challenges of service.  We’ll develop your ability to communicate, both in speech and writing. Through the considerable peer work that we do in class, we’ll give you practice in productive collaboration—a skill very much valued not only in service, but in the professional world as well.  And finally, through the articles we’ll be reading and the topics we’ll be discussing, we’ll be taking up the world’s problems, with the aim of figuring out the best, most productive, most ethical way to move forward.

In all of the ways mentioned here, Warren Writing seeks to be central to the mission of the university, and to your education.  By teaching you how to ask questions, to pursue answers, to communicate clearly and persuasively, and to work productively with your peers, we aim to create the intellectual foundation upon which you can build your academic and professional lives.

Spring 2020 Important Announcements

In light of the Coronavirus global pandemic, and in compliance with shelter-in-place orders, all WCWP courses will be offered remotely for the entirety of Spring quarter. 

While there will be opportunities for students to interact with their instructor and peers live, in real time, using video conferencing and chat platforms, in consideration of our students who have had to relocate to different timezones and in consideration of equal access to requisite technology, synchronous participation will not be required for any class. 

All classes will be using Canvas to offer remote instruction. It is vital now more than ever that students are checking email regularly for instructions and important communications from their instructors. 

To help support students during this uncertain time and ease some stress, Warren Writing will be offering a one-quarter exception to the letter-grade only rule, and will be allowing students to take any WCWP course for a P/NP grade. This exception is available for Spring 2020 only.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of the Warren Writing sequence is to enable undergraduate students, through intensive practice, to read and write academic arguments in preparation for their work in various academic disciplines.  In our courses, students learn:

  •  to analyze academic arguments and make thoughtful decisions and connections based on that analysis;
  •  to practice all aspects of the writing process;
  •  to generate ideas for writing using a variety of processes;
  •  to make a claim that is informed by multiple sources;
  •  to incorporate premises and evidence to support a claim;
  •  to cite sources appropriately (according to academic conventions and university policies);
  •  to integrate sources effectively (using sources in support of one’s own position);
  •  to use various kinds of feedback to revise effectively;
  •  to develop the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking and writing and to use what is learned on future writing projects.

Learning Objectives and Assesments

In accordance with guidelines from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Warren College has established learning objectives and assessments for our undergraduate general education requirements.

Warren College Writing Program – Learning Objectives and Assessments [PDF]