Effective writing is one of the communication skills necessary for successful progress
in college and throughout one’s career. Talent in writing develops over time from
repeated practice and an openness to self-scrutiny and improvement. The Seminar
in Exposition and Argument—like other courses—is not an end in itself but will provide
an intensive introduction to all of the skills that go into good writing: critical
reading, framing arguments for different audiences, mechanics, style, and research.
With this in mind, this seminar is taken in conjunction with the First Year Colloquia,
providing the opportunity for shared readings, assignments, or related activities.
The core curriculum will ask students to continue to refine their writing, but this
course lays the foundation for the kinds of writing expected of students throughout
In the Seminar on Exposition and Argument students will do the following:
This course will: