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Academic Writing

Academic Writing at CMU

As CMU faculty, we are active writers and researchers. We teach academic writing in our classrooms as well, viewing students as writers, too. When you study at CMU, you'll encounter diverse understandings of writing and you'll be engaged in the practice of writing.

In so doing, you will understand and reflect more deeply in your courses, you will contribute your own voice and arguments to CMU's intellectual community, and you will learn how to adapt your writing to reach new audiences in the academy, the workplace, and the world.

What is Academic Writing?

Writing is a knowable practice through which we engage in dialogue and relationship with particular communities of readers.

Writing in the academy entails moving between writing private texts and writing public texts.

Writing is a process, therefore, in which we encounter both our own writerly voice, and voices other than our own--encounters that can be agonistic, playful, argumentative, or generative. Writing is social, an activity we do with others who become co-authors, or critics, or engaged readers of our writing.

What can students expect to do in academic writing courses?

When CMU faculty teach academic writing, we engage students with core practices reflecting these understandings of writing:

Since the ability to write clearly is essential to learning, thinking, and communicating, all degree programs at CMU include an academic writing requirement.

Students will fulfil this requirement by

  1. Completing the course ACWR-1010 Writing for Academic Purposes OR
  2. Completing  one course with the academic writing designation: "W" in the course ID.
  3. Applying for an exemption on the basis of a grade of 90% in grade 12 English and an average of 90% over three grade 12 academic subjects.

Students will normally complete this requirement within their first thirty credit hours.

 

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