Students hone their writing skills (defined broadly to include critical thinking, research and documentation, argument development, and mastery of written English) as they enhance their understanding of an issue of current import and consequence. They read and write in a variety of genres (ranging from experience narratives to academic essays) and supplement their required reading with excursions to scholarly and cultural venues at Smith. Priority given to first-years and sophomores. Prerequisite: One WI course or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15. WI
What is poverty? Who defines it? What can be done about it? Which anti-poverty programs work and which do not? What is the relationship between poverty and other factors, like geography, gender, and race? These are a few of the questions students write about in this course as they hone their writing skills. Prerequisite: One WI course or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15.