The University of Minnesota liberal education requirements include a first-year writing requirement. This requirement, which must be completed during students' first two registered semesters at the University, can be fulfilled with WRIT 1301, WRIT 1401, or an equivalent credit, which may come from other institutions, AP/IB testing, or PSEO classes. Some students will be required to pass WRIT 1201 before taking WRIT 1301. See Course Requirement for more details.
WRIT 1201: Writing Studio
Note: this course does not fulfill the first-year writing requirement.
WRIT 1201 introduces students to university writing practices and purposes. Writing is placed at the center of course instruction including development of the writing process. Through frequent practice and feedback, students learn to see writing as a tool for learning and a vehicle for expression of ideas and informed views. Critical reading strategies and rhetorical analysis are introduced. Course work includes but is not limited to summary/analytical writing, source-based writing, and reflection.
prereq: Placement in Writ 1201
WRIT 1301: University Writing
Through frequent practice and study of writing, this course engages students in university writing practices. Course work includes but is not limited to an introduction to academic genres of reading and writing; development of critical reading practices and critical thinking skills; analysis of writing for rhetorical principles of audience, purpose, and argumentative strategies; emphasis on performing research with electronic and print libraries; finding and evaluating sources; and understanding of the writing process as a recursive practice that includes drafting, revising, and editing. Students receive feedback from the instructor throughout the course and from other students in peer-review sessions. The course culminates with a research project that includes an annotated bibliography and a properly cited research paper. Some sections are dedicated for international and multilingual students. WRIT 1301 fulfills the first-year writing requirement.
prereq: Placement in Writ 1301
WRIT 1401: Writing and Academic Inquiry
WRIT 1401 students read and analyze increasingly challenging texts and are expected to produce increasingly sophisticated responses. Students analyze how writing works in varying contexts/genres and how it presents complex arguments. Students use and expand their writing process and revision to develop writing form/style and rhetorical content that contributes to conversations and provides new insight. Course work also includes academic genres of reading and writing; development of critical reading practices and critical thinking skills; analysis of writing for rhetorical principles of audience, purpose, and argumentative strategies; and emphasis on performing research with electronic and print libraries. A properly cited research paper that includes a research proposal and an annotated bibliography is the culmination of the course. WRIT 1401 fulfills the first-year writing requirement.
prereq: Placement in Writ 1401