Courses

How to Enroll

To enroll in SASC writing courses, email the Assistant Director: julia.willis@colorado.edu.

Key Areas of Instruction

We aim to help you:

  • Write with greater ease and pleasure; to acquire a practical and reflective understanding of your writing process; to practice strategies to invent, revise and edit your work.
  • Develop rhetorical knowledge, making informed choices as you adapt your writing to the needs of your audience, to a specific context and situation, and for a particular purpose.
  • Become a proficient reader; to approach texts with a writer’s awareness of craft and a critic’s ability to interpret and respond to a text’s meaning and effects.
  • Develop strategies of research that will enable you to become an active investigator of your culture.
  • Understand and apply conventions of standard linguistic usage, including “proper” grammar, syntax, punctuation and spelling as you compose, revise and edit your writing across a range of rhetorical tasks and genres.
  • Grasp writing as a tool for learning; to understand the reciprocal relationship between writing and clear, complex thinking.
  • Research and inquire into multicultural topics.
  • Tell your own story in ways that honor your family, community and history; to share your experiences with different audiences to access the resources and opportunities of the university.

ARSC 1080, College Writing and Research

A 4-credit course which helps students develop their own voices and ideas and present them successfully to academic audiences. Students will practice a variety of composition and inquiry strategies and learn to conduct college-level research. Students develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills through large and small group discussion, reading and writing workshops, and one-on-one conferences. This course fulfills the lower division Arts and Sciences core curriculum requirement for written communication. Success in the course is measured with a final portfolio, where students collect their major pieces of writing and demonstrate mastery of essential skills.

ARSC 2000, Ways of Knowing: Constructions of Knowledge In the University and Beyond

A 3-credit course which meets the A & S core requirement in “Ideals and Values.” Ways of Knowing introduces the primary ways knowledge is constructed at the university, and asks students to explore their own beliefs about learning, education, and knowledge creation. Through reading, writing, collaborative projects and meditation, students learn different ways of thinking about expertise, knowledge, wisdom, evidence and experience, and come to a deeper understanding of their own learning styles. Our hope is that the course will give students invaluable tools for crafting their own best educational paths, at CU and in their lives as a whole.

ARSC 3100, Advanced Writing and Research: Multicultural Topics and Academic Discourse

A 3-credit course focusing on the theory and practice of composition and rhetoric, with a content focus examining markers of social difference. The course is designed to help students develop ideas into a variety of written and spoken forms, using research, revision, discussion, and workshops to improve their work. Students read and write pieces designed for different audiences, both public and academic, and practice different rhetorical strategies designed for personal, academic and professional communications.

LDSP 1571, Leadership and the Art of Storytelling

A 1-credit course taught in collaboration with the Ethnic Learning and Living Community, this course focuses on crafting personal narrative for public performance. The purpose of this class is to explore who we are and who we are becoming through autobiographical monologue. Students will explore their own histories and find a story they want to share because others need to hear it. Expect to write early and often.