Courses

Required Courses

To understand how to fulfill your writing requirement, please see our FAQ or consult your advisor. There is more information about the requirements for international students (including a self-diagnostic exercise) here.

These Policies and Procedures outline what students can expect in an EWP course.

EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay
EXPOS-UA 3 International Writing Workshop: Intro
EXPOS-UA 4 International Writing Workshop I
EXPOS-UA 9 International Writing Workshop II
EXPOS-UA 5 Writing the Essay: Art and the World (TSOA)
EXPOS-UA 13 Writing Tutorial
EXPOS-UA 2 The Advanced College Essay: School of Engineering
ASPP-UT 2 The Advanced College Essay: The World through Art (TSOA)
ACE-UE 110 The Advanced College Essay: Education and the Professions (Steinhardt)

 


EXPOS-UA 1
Writing the Essay

Credits: 4

This is a required course in expository writing for CAS, Stern, Steinhardt, and Engineering students; it is the foundational writing course. It provides instruction and practice in critical reading, creative thinking, and clear writing. It provides additional instruction in analyzing and interpreting written texts, the use of written texts as evidence, the development of ideas, and the writing of both exploratory and argumentative essays. The course stresses exploration, inquiry, reflection, analysis, revision, and collaborative learning.

Tisch School of the Arts students take EXPOS-UA 5 Writing the Essay: Art and the World (TSOA), which focuses on developing the essay in the arts.

Special sections of Writing the Essay are reserved for the following students:

WTE: Science is specifically tailored for students who are interested in science or medicine. Course readings and assignments focus on current issues in the worlds of science and medicine. Students read and respond to essays by prominent scientists, doctors, and science writers, such as Stephen Jay Gould, Primo Levi, Evelyn Fox Keller, and Richard Selzer.

WTE: Goddard. As part of the Living & Learning options for residence halls, two floors of Goddard Hall are linked to special sections of Writing the Essay. Students in-residence who are interested in creative writing or live performance, study and attend planned outings together. Writing the Essay assignments and discussions are shaped to invite students to incorporate these experiences into their class work.

 


EXPOS-UA 3
International Writing Workshop: Introduction

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: EWP permission

A preliminary course in college writing for undergraduates for whom English is another language. Permission to register for this course is based on NYU admissions criteria and EWP assessment of reading, writing, listening, and speaking proficiency. Cannot substitute for EXPOS-UA 4 or EXPOS-UA 9. The course meets twice weekly for 150 minutes each session. 5 points.

Provides preparation in reading, writing, listening and speaking for academic purposes while increasing fluency, sentence control, and confidence. Emphasizes pre-writing strategies (exploratory writing, outlining, reflective writing, paraphrase, synthesis, analysis) and provides practice in multi-modal presentation. Students learn to make us of inquiry, evidence, and the incorporation of texts as they read texts from various genres (journals, newspapers, books, visual and moving arts) and draft and revise essays of their own. Instructor feedback includes discussion of appropriate conventions in standard English grammar and style.




EXPOS-UA 4
International Writing Workshop I

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: EWP permission

The first of two courses for students for whom English is a second language. The Core Curriculum requirement for NYU undergraduates is fulfilled with this course and International Writing Workshop II. Provides instruction in critical reading, textual analysis, exploration of experience, the development of ideas, and revision. Stresses the importance of inquiry and reflection in the use of texts and experience as evidence for essays. Reading and writing assignments lead to essays in which students analyze and raise questions about written texts and experience, and reflect upon text, experience, and idea in a collaborative learning environment. Discusses appropriate conventions in English grammar and style as part of instructor feedback.




EXPOS-UA 9
International Writing Workshop II

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: EXPOS-UA 4 International Workshop I

The second of two courses for students for whom English is a second language. The Core Curriculum requirement for NYU undergraduates is fulfilled with this course and International Writing Workshop 1. Provides advanced instruction in analyzing and interpreting written texts from a variety of academic disciplines, the use of written texts as evidence, the development of ideas, and the writing of argumentative essays through a process of inquiry and reflection. Stresses analysis, revision, inquiry, and collaborative learning. Discusses appropriate conventions in English grammar and style as part of instructor feedback.




EXPOS-UA 5
Writing the Essay: Art and the World

Credits: 4

This required course for all students in the Tisch School of the Arts is designed to engage all Tisch School of the Arts freshmen in a broad interdisciplinary investigation across artistic media. It provides instruction and practice in critical reading, creative thinking, and essay writing. Students learn to analyze and interpret written texts, art objects, and performances; to use written, visual, and performance texts as evidence; and to develop ideas. The course stresses exploration, inquiry, reflection, analysis, revision, and collaborative learning.




EXPOS-UA 13 Writing Tutorial

Credits: 4
Prequisite: EWP permission.

Offers intensive individual and group work in the practice of expository writing for those students whose competency examination reveals the need for additional, foundational writing instruction. The course aims to better prepare admitted transfer students for the rigorous work they will have to complete in either Writing the Essay or an International Workshop . The course concentrates on foundational work (grammar, syntax, paragraph development) leading to the creation of compelling essays (idea conception and development, effective use of evidence, understanding basic forms, and the art of persuasion).




EXPOS-UA 2
The Advanced College Essay: School of Engineering

Credits: 4

This is a required second-semester writing course for all Engineering students. The course builds on Writing the Essay and provides advanced instruction in analyzing and interpreting written texts from a variety of academic disciplines, using written texts as evidence, developing ideas, conducting academic research, and writing persuasive essays. It stresses analysis, inductive reasoning, reflection, revision, and collaborative learning. The course is tailored for students in the School of Engineering so that readings and essay writing focus on issues that are pertinent to the sciences.




ASPP-UT 2
The Advanced College Essay: The World through Art

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: EXPOS-UA 5 Writing the Essay: Art and the World (TSOA)

Students in the Tisch School of the Arts are required to take this course. The course follows EXPOS-UA 5 Writing the Essay: Art and the World (TSOA) and provides advanced instruction in analyzing and interpreting written texts, art objects and performances; using written texts as evidence; developing ideas; and in writing persuasive essays. It stresses analysis, reflection, revision, and collaborative learning. The course is tailored for students in the Arts so that course readings and essay writing focus on issues that are pertinent to that discipline.




ACE-UE 110
The Advanced College Essay: Education and the Professions

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay

Students in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the School of Nursing are required to take this course. The course builds on Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 1) and provides advanced instruction in analyzing and interpreting written texts from a variety of academic disciplines, using written texts as evidence, developing ideas, and writing persuasive essays. It stresses analysis, inductive reasoning, reflection, revision, and collaborative learning. The course is tailored for students in the Schools of Education and Nursing so that readings and essay writing focus on issues that are pertinent to those disciplines.




Course Evaluations

At the end of each term, students are asked to complete an in-class course evaluation. To see the course evaluation form, download this form:

Course Evaluation (Adobe PDF)

 

Elective Courses

EXPOS-UA 15 A Spectrum of Essays
EXPOS-UA 16 Advanced Essay Writing for Science
EXPOS-UA 17 Writing in Community
EXPOS-UA 18 Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines
ASPP-UT 1009 / ASPP-GT 1009 Writing the Artist Statement


 

EXPOS-UA 15
A Spectrum of Essays: Get Under It: Writing the Self and Its Impossibilities

Credits: 4
Instructor: Bruce Bromley
Section: 002 (#9170)
T/TH 12:30PM-1:45PM
Rubin Hall, 35 5th Ave, Rm 106
Prerequisite: Writing the Essay

In 1939, Virginia Woolf describes, in her late memoir “A Sketch of the Past,” the “feeling . . . [that] it is almost impossible that I should be here.” One phrase on in that memoir, Woolf couples her ability to note any self’s impossibility with experiencing “the purest ecstasy” that she “can conceive.” We will explore in our course a range of artworks that will assist us in building up ways to think and write about what can be made of selves and their impossibilities, a potentially fruitful paradox that Woolf herself enacts, on the page, at the precise moment that world battle is about to ensue. We will read Woolf’s memoir alongside the work of Primo Levi, Hilton Als, Claudia Rankine, Leslie Jamison, Patti Smith, Maggie Nelson, and Marilynne Robinson’s recent novel Lila. We will labor with Beyoncé’s Lemonade in its visual incarnation and watch Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, films that look, respectively, at the life of poet John Keats and the painter J.M.W. Turner. We will spend time with Luca Guadagnino’s 2010 film I Am Love, which marries John Adams’ pulsating music and the life of the woman at the center of the film itself. All the while, we will labor at writing that explores aspects of these materials on behalf of larger idea-work. That emphasis on developmental ideas will, most importantly, lead to the crafting of two longer-form essays. And those essays will involve us in considering what it means to expand the very notion of the possible, on and off any page that deserves our commitment to what can be made of it.




EXPOS-UA 16
Advanced Essay Writing for Science

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Writing the Essay

This advanced writing course offers offers science and pre-health students the opportunity to design and conduct intensive individual research, write honors-level essays for the public and for the academy, and deliver a professional presentation. The course will rely upon the work of professional scientists and writers, and students will be encouraged to attend several public events about science and writing. Students will be encouraged to present their own research at the Undergraduate Research Conference and to submit completed essays for publication in Mercer Street.




EXPOS-UA 17
Writing in Community

Credits: 4
Instructor: Laura Weinert-Kendt, Language Lecturer, EWP
Prerequisite: B+ or better grade for "Writing The Essay"

Writing in Community is a course for students who are passionate about writing and community service and would like to explore the dynamic relationship between these two pursuits. As a team, we will head off campus each week to mentor under-served high school students in essay writing. Back on campus, we will have weekly meetings to help us enhance our writing and mentoring skills as we develop our own ideas into essays. We will study writers, artists, and filmmakers whose service and/or community engagement has become a basis for work that documents and reflects on pressing social concerns.

Students who are concerned about not meeting the course prerequisite or desiring special permission should contact Laura Weinert-Kendt at law320@nyu.edu.




EXPOS-UA 18
Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Writing the Essay.

Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines is a course for students who want to improve their articulation of ideas and information in their own disciplines as well as develop an array of approaches gathered from a diverse group of disciplinary conventions and innovative outliers. Course materials are determined in part by the interests and academic concentrations of enrolled students and will also draw from non-academic sources of inspiration for effective communication, including stand-up comedy, political rhetoric, contemporary design, storytelling for the screen, and Internet culture. Course work generally focuses on observing, analyzing, assessing and practicing the broad structures and elements of professional work in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences, leading to pursuit of each student’s own research project through oral presentations and written assignments. Those intending to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference in April are especially encouraged to enroll. This course will directly support that research, writing, and presentation.

For more information, please contact Nat Bennett at natbennett@nyu.edu.




ASPP-UT 1009 / ASPP-GT 1009
Writing the Artist Statement: Representing Your Work for Funding and Beyond

Credits: 4

In this course, you will develop the skills you need to write about your own work. A series of guided reading, research, and writing exercises will help you think about what your work is, what it means, and why it matters, so that you will be able to craft language that accurately and effectively represent you as an artist and thinker. We will study a variety of personal statements, project descriptions, manifestos, and other artist writings, examining them for their relative strengths and weaknesses with an eye towards the most effective expressive strategies.

You will use the writing you’ve generated as the groundwork for your final projects: After we explore the variety of public and private sources of funding, fellowships, and residency opportunities in the US, you will use search resources (such as the Foundation Center and various philanthropic databases) to research and identify several opportunities that would be appropriate for your work. You will prepare applications for two opportunities of your choosing (three for graduate students).  After we examine a range of artist websites,you will learn to make your own artist website (using WordPress). You will also prepare an elevator pitch for the project of your choice. You will exit the course with writing that you might revise and reuse for many different purposes in your professional creative life.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Mikesell at elizabeth.mikesell@nyu.edu.