Advanced Writing/Critical Thinking

Course Description

Help students learn how to reason carefully and express ideas clearly. Students develop these competencies as they learn to recognize strong arguments, uncover assumptions, evaluate evidence, recognize rhetorical patterns, and infer ideas from data. To apply their understanding of these skills, students write summaries, essays synthesizing ideas from diverse sources, critiques of arguments, and research papers that focus on issues relevant to their majors.

Content & Topics

Reading complex texts confidently; strategies for critical thinking; the writing process, including invention, synthesis, revision; research and documentation, argumentation; style and editing.

Goals and Objectives
  1. Recognize the function of writing within discipline-specific contexts.
  2. Refine the writing proficiencies introduced in FDENG 101.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills that involve the analysis of complex texts--scrutinizing claims, evidence, logic, assumptions, world view, style.
  4. Produce professional documents that demonstrate principles of effective writing--design, rhetorical stance, focus, development, coherence, style, and adherence to discipline-specific documentation and editing standards.
  5. Begin to explore particular research methodologies, resources, and world views that inform specific disciplines.
  6. Write a documented argument, 2500-3000 words in length, that considers a discipline-specific issue, synthesizes 8-10 credible resources, and reflects independent thought.
Course Requirements

Minimum of 30 pages edited and documented prose.

Course Prerequisites
  • Completion of FDENG 101 with a D- grade or higher
Semesters Taught

Winter, Spring, Fall

Course Lead

Eric d'Evegnee
Eric d'Evegnee