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The Undergraduate Writing Program

The Undergraduate Writing Program

What is University Writing?

ENGL CC/GS1010: University Writing, is a one-semester seminar designed to facilitate students’ entry into the intellectual life of the university by teaching them to become more capable and independent academic readers and writers. The course emphasizes habits of mind and skills that foster students’ capacities for critical analysis, argument, revision, collaboration, meta-cognition, and research. Students read and discuss essays from a number of fields, complete regular informal reading and writing exercises, compose several longer essays, and devise a research-based project of their own design.

The Essays Students Will Write:

  • Essay 1: Students analyze a single text.
  • Essay 2: Students put multiple texts in conversation with one another.
  • Essay 3: Students make a researched argument using 8-10 sources.
  • Essay 4: Students write an op-ed for a publication with a wide audience.

To read student essays from the course, see The Morningside Review.

Courses of Instruction:

ENGL CC/GS1010: University Writing (3 points), is taught in both general and theme-specific sections. No University Writing classes presume that students arrive with prior experience with the theme of the course. The course focuses on developing students’ reading, writing, and thinking, drawing from readings on the theme that carry a broad appeal to people with diverse interests. We are offering the following themes this year:

For further information on course requirements in general:

CC and SEAS students: Center for Student Advising, 403 Lerner Hall

GS students should contact their advisor.

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Fall 2020 Registration Deadlines:

For CC/SEAS students only:

  • To change from one University Writing section to another, please email us three choices you want us to consider placing you into by Thursday, September 3, 4 pm, to english-cc1010-petitions@columbia.edu. After that, section changes for Core conflicts may be petitioned up until Monday, September 14, 4 pm.
  • To trade University Writing sections with another student: The most efficient way for a student to change their section  is to find someone with whom to trade. If two students email our office wishing to change into each other's section, we can do that almost immediately. In order to change sections neither student can have a schedule conflict in any course in their schedule. Each student's credit load after the change must not exceed the maximum for their school. Please use your uni emails, not a name alias. Students should consult with their academic advisors regarding credit loads.
  • To swap which semesters a student takes University Writing and Frontiers of Science, they should email the Core office (cb2521@columbia.edu) and our office, the UWP, to english-cc1010-petitions@columbia.edu. by Thursday, September 3, 4 pm,The UWP and the Core offices will begin reviewing these petitions on September 3, 4pm.We are not always able to accommodate all requests, but will accommodate as many as possible.  Both offices need to approve the trade or a one-way switch.

General Studies students:
Students may change GS UW sections only online. Students who have questions should talk to their advisors.

For all students:
There are no waitlists for UW, and instructors cannot add or drop students from their sections. Students shoul follow the procedure of their school in order to add/drop a section. To maintain the learning environment that the course requires, sections are capped at 14 and never over-enrolled.

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Please email John Stobo, jrs9@columbia.edu, the UWP administrative assistant, if you have any questions-.