University Writing

Director of the Undergraduate Writing Program
Dr. Nicole B. Wallack
310 Philosophy

Undergraduate Writing Program Office
310 Philosophy

Undergraduate Writing Website

ENGL CC1010 University Writing is designed to help undergraduates read and write essays in order to participate in the academic conversations that form Columbia's intellectual community. The course gives special attention to the practices of close reading, rhetorical analysis, research, collaboration, and substantive revision. By writing multiple drafts of essays typically ranging from three to ten pages, students will learn that writing is a process of forming and refining their ideas and their prose. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, the course teaches writing as a unique skill that can be practiced and developed. Each section of University Writing has a theme. None presume that students will arrive with any background in that area.

Courses of Instruction

ENGL CC1010 University Writing. 3 points.

University Writing helps undergraduates engage in the conversations that form our intellectual community. By reading and writing about scholarly and popular essays, students learn that writing is a process of continual refinement of ideas. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, this course teaches writing as a learned skill. We give special attention to textual analysis, research, and revision practices. University Writing offers the following themed sections, all of which welcome students with no prior experience studying the theme. Students interested in a particular theme should register for the section within the specified range of section numbers. UW: Contemporary Essays (sections from 001 to 099). Features contemporary essays from a variety of fields. UW: Readings in Music (sections in the 070s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of music-making, from the classical to the contemporary. UW: Readings in American Studies (sections in the 100s). Features essays that explore the culture, history, and politics that form American identity. UW: Readings in Gender and Sexuality (sections in the 200s). Features essays that examine relationships among sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and other forms of identity. UW: Readings in Film and the Performance Arts (sections in the 300s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of the various art forms. UW: Readings in Human Rights (sections in the 400s). Features essays that investigate the ethics of belonging to a community and issues of personhood, identity, representation, and action. UW: Readings in Data Sciences (sections in the 500s). Features essays that study how our data-saturated society challenges conceptions of cognition, autonomy, identity, and privacy. UW: Readings in Medical-Humanities (sections in the 600s). Features essays that explore the disciplines of biomedical ethics and medical anthropology, to challenge our basic assumptions about medicine, care, sickness, and health. UW: Readings in Law and Justice (sections in the 700s). Features essays that study core questions of law and justice and that have important implications for our lives. University Writing for International Students (sections in the 900s). Open only to international students, these sections emphasize the transition to American academic writing cultures through the study of contemporary essays from a variety of fields. For further details about these themes, please visit:

Spring 2019: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 017/78596 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Adam Winters 3 0/14
ENGL 1010 029/19350 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Sumati Dwivedi 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 050/63998 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Valerio Amoretti 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 133/18801 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
502 Northwest Corner
Lisa Foad 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 238/26578 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Allen Durgin 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 535/76262 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Marianna Staroselsky 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 911/75792 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Hannah Kauders 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 936/23348 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Lauren Horst 3 11/14

Writing Center

The Undergraduate Writing Program sponsors The Writing Center in 310 Philosophy, which offers individual writing instruction and consultations to students enrolled in Columbia University courses. Students may visit the center at any stage in the writing process. The Writing Center's consultants are advanced graduate students who have had significant training and experience teaching writing at Columbia. Students may walk in during open hours or sign up for appointments.