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Erin E Gayton
B CUSP 134
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Writing

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. Prerequisite: may not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or ENGL 131. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This course introduces the fundamental moves of academic writing: engaging the work of others, articulating a position, and situating one’s writing within specific contexts. We will work with a wide variety of source materials as we practice close engagement with our topic, drawing connections between texts, and expressing our ideas in coherent, compelling prose. We’ll practice all of this as we read, talk and write about the idea of the “frontier” in American culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class discussions about readings; brief lectures about writing practices; large- and small-group writing workshops; in-class writing and group work.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Course work consists of assigned readings (about writing and about our topic, the frontier), some research (such as locating references to the frontier in pop culture), informal writing assignments, peer feedback letters (in response to your classmates’ writing), several short papers (about 2 pages long) and two longer writing projects (5 pages each). These longer projects will each involve at least one round of substantive revision.

Writing and revision will account for 70% of your grade for this course. Preparation and participation account for 30%.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Erin E Gayton
Date: 08/03/2009