University Writing

University Writing

Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program: Dr. Nicole B. Wallack, 310 Philosophy; 854-3886

Undergraduate Writing Program Office: 310 Philosophy; 854-3886;

ENGL C1010: University writing is designed to help undergraduates read and write essays in order to participate in the academic conversations that form Columbia's intellectual community. The course gives special attention to the practices of close reading, rhetorical analysis, research, collaboration, and substantive revision. By writing multiple drafts of essays typically ranging from three to ten pages, students will learn that writing is a process of forming and refining their ideas and their prose. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, the course teaches writing as a unique skill that can be practiced and developed.

Courses of Instruction

ENGL C1010: University writing (3 points) is taught in both general and theme-specific sections under the following course numbers:

  • ENGL C1010 University writing
  • ENGL C1011 University writing: readings in American studies
  • ENGL C1012 University writing: readings in gender and sexuality
  • ENGL C1013 University writing: readings in sustainable development
  • ENGL C1014 University writing: readings in human rights
  • ENGL C1020 University writing: for international students

Writing Center

The Undergraduate Writing Program sponsors a writing center in 310 Philosophy Hall, which offers individual writing instruction and consultations to students enrolled in Columbia University courses. Students may visit the center at any stage in the writing process. The writing center consultants are advanced graduate students who have had significant training and experience teaching writing at Columbia. Students may walk in during open hours or sign up for appointments. For more information, please contact the center at

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