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Writing Program

The College Writing Program supports students who produce academic writing at Davidson and the faculty who teach its practices throughout the curriculum. The program sponsors writing in a variety of styles, genres, and disciplinary contexts across the college, which values writing as a core feature of undergraduates' intellectual lives. The program promotes a robust rhetorical culture by:

  • Offering students practice in analysis, intellectual argument, and other forms of writing associated with civic and scholarly publics
  • Fostering effective and innovative methods for teaching writing in the liberal arts
  • Guiding students in research practices and writerly ethics, with an emphasis on making fair and effective use of the work of others
  • Regularly assessing students' work as writers

Writing 101: Writing in the Liberal Arts (fall or spring) and Humanities 103 (fall)/Humanities 104 (spring): Connections and Conflicts in the Humanities  

Davidson students are required to fulfill the composition (writing) requirement in their first year of study, and may do so by enrolling in either a section of Writing 101 (offered in the fall and spring semesters) or by completing Humanities 103 (fall semester) and Humanities 104 (spring semester), which when taken in sequence satisfy the composition requirement, and awards graduation requirements in historical thought and literary studies, creative writing, and rhetoric.