An NYU education begins, in part, with writing. This practice reflects the University’s longstanding commitment to the centrality of written inquiry to undergraduate education. In the twenty-first century, this centrality is more evident than ever before. You have a wide range of courses open to you; alphabetically, they range from accounting to history to mechanical engineering to woodwind studies. No matter what field you choose, during your time here you will find yourself using writing to think, analyze, investigate, and create. And no matter what path or career you choose after you graduate (as a scholar, educator, health practitioner, entrepreneur, artist, performer, lawyer, engineer, or activist), you will find yourself using writing for those purposes and others: to propose, to investigate, to analyze, and to represent yourself and your work.

The Expository Writing Program (EWP) offers the required courses for students in the College of Arts and Science, Tisch School of the Arts, Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, Silver School of Social Work, the College of Nursing, and the Polytechnic School of Engineering, as well as many of the students in Stern School of Business. For more information, see our FAQ.

Designed and taught by full-time faculty – including poets, fiction writers, playwrights, theater artists, and journalists, as well as scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences – EWP courses challenge students to develop ideas and arguments through the careful and rigorous reading of complex texts. More detail about specific course offerings can be found here.