This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from pre-writing exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum.
Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.Prerequisites:
A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.
Brian T. Fobi, JD, PhD, Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University
Weekly reading materials distributed electronically.
Select Essay Topics:
- Euthanasia is a Private Matter: Why the State Needs to Get Off this Death Bed
- Thug Sizzle Case Study: Criminalizing Creativity on Account of Crazy Fanatics
- Beauty and Biotechnology: Embracing the Evolution of Human Enhancement
- Harvard College Writing Center
- Harvard College Writing Program
- Harvard College Writing Project
- Harvard Guide to Using Sources
- Writing Guides