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Peter M. Gruen
GEN ST 391
Seattle Campus

Supervised Study in Selected Fields

Special supervised study in a field represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty supervisor required. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This studio is a 2-credit (C/NC) course that meets two days a week for 50 minutes. It is designed for non-native speakers of English who want to continue developing their ability to understand and produce academic writing. You must have some kind of Writer's Guide or Handbook. At the English Department, we strongly recommend The Everyday Writer by Andrea A. Lunsford.

Student learning goals

Strengthen your academic reading skills to help you comprehend and analyze complex texts.

Expand your advanced vocabulary skills.

Develop your critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and discussion.

Review and analyze grammar structures focusing on how they apply to organization and produce different effects in academic writing.

Become familiar with the resources on campus to further help you with your English and academic writing throughout your education at the UW.

General method of instruction

We purposefully have a small class so you can get as much individual attention as possible to focus on the specific skills you need to improve, as well as further strengthen those academic language skills that you already use effectively.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

To get credit for the studio, you need to complete a ‘Studio Portfolio’. To get a good picture of your abilities when you began this course, how you apply the skills from the studio, and what areas you still need to focus on, we will construct a skills portfolio throughout the quarter.


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 Peter M. Gruen
Date: 08/25/2010