General Writing and Study Skills
- GS260 1413 - Writing Enhancement
Provides an opportunity for students to improve their writing skills through practice and criticism. This course must be taken in conjunction with a Writing in the Disciplines course if taken in fulfillment of the Writing Proficiency Requirement. (Must be taken on a P/NC basis: first taught in academic year 2010-11.) Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor, .5 unit - Bell.
English as a Second Language Practice and Enhancement
GS201 1411 - Advanced Written Practice in English as a Second Language, I
Language practice and support for any student whose native language is not English. Review of and practice in American academic writing conventions, mechanics, and English grammar. .5 unit - Walter.
GS202 1411 - Advanced Oral Practice in English as a Second Language, II
Strengthening of oral fluency skills through pronunciation practice, vocabulary development, and review of idiomatic expressions and two-word verbs. Students will also participate in classroom discussions and oral presentations. .5 unit - Walter.
Thesis Preparation and Writing
- Thesis Prep for Juniors (Blocks 7 and 8, Tuesdays 2-4pm)
Thesis Prep for Juniors is a two-block adjunct that aims to boost your confidence as a scholar in anticipation of your senior thesis year. You'll brainstorm a research topic, solidify your source materil, refine your research strategies, and correspond with a senior mentor in your field of study for advice and troubleshooting. As the capstone project of the course, you'll canvass the explicit expectations of your home department in an effort to eliminate any senior year suprises. Together we'll quell the doom and gloom of The Senior Thesis so that you may worry less and write more. Course seats are capped at 12; juniors preferred, please. The class runs as a two-block adjunct, accruing .25 units of credit. Participation is required over both blocks of the adjunct. Pass/Fail grade track. - Chavez.
- Senior Thesis: Research and Planning (Blocks 3 & 4, Tuesdays 2-4pm)
The rumors are true: the thesis writing process can be a deflating self-confidence-sucker of the first degree, but it doesn't have to be so. Senior Thesis: Research and Planning will teach you how to tend to both yourself and your project, improving your focus, productivity, and sense of wellbeing. Over the course of blocks three and four, we will: 1)worry less, as writing is a recursive process that necessitates support, community, and plentiful snacks; 2) refine our research topics and undertake significant research; 3) draft a solid literature review; and 4) prepare a project timeline and negotiate how to maximize your relationship with your thesis advisor. Course seats are capped at 12; seniors preferred, please. The class runs as a two-block adjunct, accruing .25 units of credit. Participation is required over both blocks of the adjunct. Pass/Fail grade track - Chavez.
- Thesis Writing Boot Camp (Half-block 9:30am-Noon)
What's the hardest part about the senior thesis? Writing it. That's why the Thesis Writing Boot Camp isn't so much a half-block course as it is a personal commitment: show up, eat free food, maybe workshop a little for some immediate feedback, drink some coffee, write some more. Instead of obsessing about being behind, carve out time this half block to write your thesis among friends in a relaxed environment tailored to your individual progress. Together we'll quash procrastination and make tracks on the page. This half-block adjunct meets daily and accrues .5 units of credit. - Chavez.
- Senior Thesis: drafting and Revising (Blocks 5 and 6, Tuesdays TBD)
Are you sitting on a mound of research, but staring at a blank screen? Maybe you need a game plan. Maybe you need motivation, or accountability, or community. maybe you just need a kick in the butt. I'm here to help! Over the course of blocks five and six, we will worry less (as writing is a recursive process that necessitates support, community, and plentiful snacks), strategize more (preparing a project outline and timeline), and write a ton (from first draft to working draft). Please note that this course is intended for students who have already completed significant research. Course seats are capped at 12; seniors preferred, please. The class runs as a two-block adjunct, accruing .25 units of credit. Participation is required over both blocks of the adjunct. Pass/Fail grade track. - Chavez.
Career and Fellowships Writing
- GS399 3412 - Grant Writing
This course will provide students with strategies for approaching advanced writing projects, such as senior thesis papers, grant and scholarship applications, and essays for graduate and professional schools. Students will learn methods for research, invention, drafting, organization, and revision. By the end of the class, students will have produced a significant piece of writing for a class or an independent project. As this course requires substantial writing, revision, conferencing, and response, course seats will be capped at 12. COI and Pass/Fail grade track only. Either .25 units in two block adjunct format or .5 units in half-block (1.0 units maximum credit in any given year) .25 unit - Sartin.