Course Catalog

CWP offers a range of courses designed to help students become more effective writers and readers at every level. We also offer courses tailored specifically to the interests of multilingual and international students; a sequence of courses in public speaking, and in professional communication; an introduction to creative writing, travel writing, and research using primary sources; and graduate coursework in the theory and practice of teaching composition. In offering this broad range of courses, we promote critical intellectual development and craft that help students achieve all their academic and professional goals.

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LOWER DIVISION COURSES

The College Writing Programs (CWP) offers a range of courses designed to help students become more effective writers, readers, and speakers at every level. We offer courses tailored specifically to the needs of multilingual and international students, and a sequence of courses in public speaking, professional communication, and creative writing. We also offer courses in research, writing in the disciplines, and graduate coursework in the theory and practice of teaching composition. By offering this broad range of courses, we promote facility with the craft of writing, along with a more finely tuned capacity to read, write, and think critically.

CW 1 – Grammar and Vocabulary of Written English

This course develops students' ability to edit their own writing and to identify high-frequency, non-idiomatic uses of English. Intensive practice will be provided for students according to their individual needs.

Prerequisites: Self-selected non-native speakers of English
Units and Format: 2 units – Two hours of lecture/workshop per week
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW W1 – Grammar and Vocabulary of Written English (online and in-person)

This course develops students' ability to edit their own writing and to identify high-frequency, non-idiomatic uses of English. Intensive practice will be provided for students according to their individual needs. Class meetings alternate between online and in- person.

Prerequisites: Self-selected non-native speakers of English
Units and Format: 2 units – Two hours of online lecture/workshop per week
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP
Offered: Fall

CW R1A – Accelerated Reading and Composition

This intensive, accelerated course satisfies concurrently the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement. It offers students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading, critical analysis, and composing. Readings include imaginative, expository, and argumentative texts comparable in complexity to those encountered in the lower-division curriculum. Texts are chosen to represent views and perspectives of authors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to non-print sources. In response to these materials, they craft numerous short pieces leading up to three to five essays—works that include elements of narration, exposition, and argument. Students write a minimum of 40 pages of prose during this semester and they compose an annotated portfolio that showcases their best work.

Prerequisites: Placement by the Analytical Writing Placement Examination.
Units and Format: 6 units – Five hours of lecture/discussion and one hour of workshop per week
Grading Option: Must be taken for a letter grade for R&C credit
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Note: Specialized sections are available for multilingual student writers.

CW R1A FPF (Fall Program for Freshmen) – Accelerated Reading and Composition

Restricted to students enrolled in the UC Extension Fall Program for Freshman.

Description: (same as CW R1A) This intensive, accelerated course satisfies concurrently the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement. It offers students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading, critical analysis, and composing. Readings include imaginative, expository, and argumentative texts comparable in complexity to those encountered in the lower-division curriculum. Texts are chosen to represent views and perspectives of authors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to non-print sources. In response to these materials, they craft numerous short pieces leading up to three to five essays—works that include elements of narration, exposition, and argument. Students write a minimum of 40 pages of prose during this semester and they compose an annotated portfolio that showcases their best work.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in Fall Program for Freshmen and placement by the Analytical Writing Placement Examination
Units and Format: 6 units – Five hours of lecture/discussion and one hour of workshop per week
Offered: Fall

CW R4A - Reading and Composition

This writing seminar satisfies the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement. It offers students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading and composing, as well as critical analysis. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to non-print sources. Themes and texts chosen for each section are comparable in complexity to those encountered in the lower-division curriculum. In response to these materials, students craft several short pieces leading up to three longer essays—works of exposition and/or argumentation. Each essay is crafted as a multi-draft project, and students are guided through the process of revising and refining their writing. Students will write a minimum of 32 pages of expository prose during this semester.

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement
Units and Format: 4 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option: Must be taken for a letter grade for R&C credit
Offered: Not currently offered

CW R4B – Reading, Composition, and Research

This writing seminar satisfies the second half (Part B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement. It offers students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading and composing, as well as critical analysis. The seminar affords students guided practice through the stages involved in creating a research paper. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to various non-print sources. In response to these materials, students craft several short pieces leading up to two longer essays—works of exposition and/or argumentation. Students also draft a research paper, developing a research question, gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing information from texts and other sources. Elements of the research process, such as proposals, annotated bibliographies, an abstracts, "works cited" lists, and the like, are submitted, along with the final report, in a research portfolio. Students write a minimum of 32 pages of expository prose during the semester.

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement
Units and Format: 4 units – Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option: Must be taken for a letter grade for R&C credit
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 9C – Academic Writing

Students learn about the content, structure, and organization of academic essays. Through in- and out-of-class writing, students work on clarifying topics, organizing arguments, and supporting claims with evidence and reasoning. Students also analyze sentence structure; practice summarizing, paraphrasing, and using citations; and develop editing skills.

Prerequisites: Restricted to international students and other multilingual student writers
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture/discussion per week
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 10A – Introduction to Public Speaking

This strictly introductory course presumes no formal training of any kind. Emphasis is on organization and delivery, with the goal of improving control over speaking habits and enunciation. A further goal is to introduce students to the foundation of rhetorical theory that underpins the practice of public speaking.

Prerequisites: None
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 10B – Advanced Public Speaking

This advanced course presumes introductory training in public speaking. Emphasis is on real-world speaking situations. The course combines both theory and practice. It incorporates extensive speaking performance and individualized critiques from instructor and students, as well as analysis of advanced-speaking models. The course advances students' ability to deliver polished and informed public speeches adapted to a wide range of audiences and speaking situations.

Prerequisites: CW 10A or equivalent coursework
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Offered: Spring

CW 20 – Communicating in Class: Advanced Listening and Speaking

This advanced oral communication course offers opportunities for multilingual international students to practice listening to lectures and taking notes, participating in discussions and taking on various classroom roles, and devising strategies for success when presenting orally in different formats. By viewing actual lectures, completing projects that require interactions – discussions, groupwork, pairwork, individual presentations – students become comfortable in using the discourse styles typical of U.S. university classroom settings.

Prerequisites: Self-selected international students
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Offered: Fall

CW 21 – Conflict Management for Academic Success at the University

This course is for international, CE3, and other students who are new to UC Berkeley or to any American university. Students will learn and practice cross-cultural communication strategies to help them fully participate in academic life. Using conflict resolution (negotiation and mediation) as the substantive course theme, students will develop strategies for resolving communication problems, misunderstandings, and conflicts that can arise in academic settings and beyond. CW 21 also helps students to improve class participation skills, including understanding lectures and instructions; contributing to and leading group discussions; speaking up in class; participating in group projects; public speaking; scheduling and attending office hours; asking for and using feedback from professors; understanding American humor in the classroom; and participating in negotiation and mediation role-plays.

Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture/discussion per week
Grading Option: Letter grade
Offered: Spring

CW 25AC – Reading in and about U.S. Education Institutions

In this class, students read, discuss, and write about the expectations of the American education system, especially within a multicultural context. The goal is to deepen the understanding of the history and diversity of American education institutions, while strengthening reading and seminar participation skills through critique and analysis of communication patterns. This course is intended for international students.

Prerequisites: None
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the University's American Cultures Requirement
Minor Requirement: This course can be applied toward the Education Minor.
Offered: Fall

CW 50AC – Researching Water in the West

This course examines the subject of water in California, drawing upon scholarly articles, essays, memoir, film, photographs, and legislation. In collaboration with the Teaching Library, CW 50AC explores techniques for conducting online archival research and using primary sources. The course considers a variety of players in the story of water rights in California, including federal and state representatives, conservationists, Native Americans, and Japanese Americans. Students craft a research project of their own design within the broad parameters of the course topic.

Prerequisites: None
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the University's American Cultures Requirement
Offered: Spring

CW 98 – Directed Group Study

Supervised seminar for group study of selected topics. Courses are facilitated by undergraduates, or designed and taught by faculty.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Credit Option: Course may be repeated for credit.
Units and Format: 1-4 units – One to four hours of directed group study per week.
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 99 – Supervised Independent Study

Students conduct independent study projects in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Typically, CW 99 projects are expansions on topics presented in lower-division College Writing Programs courses that students have already completed. Student must initiate the topic and present a written proposal to the faculty member who taught the College Writing Programs course.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Credit Option: Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted.
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP
Units and Format: 1-4 units – One to four hours of tutorial per week
Offered: Fall and Spring

 

UPPER DIVISION AND GRADUATE COURSES

The College Writing Programs (CWP) offers upper-division courses designed for intermediate and advanced writers and readers interested in expanding their craft in a range of genres and for a range of audiences. In addition, we offer graduate coursework in the theory and practice of teaching composition. This coursework is of particular interest to graduate students who are beginning their GSI appointment, teaching courses in the University’s Reading & Composition required sequence.

CW 105 – Intermediate Composition: Finding Your Voice

Engaging with issues of authorial voice, the writing process, and technology, students hone their ability to read and write academic prose. A hybrid composition course, CW 105 meets in the classroom and online. Students use Web 2.0 writing tools and think critically about how such tools affect writing processes. Further, this course offers students opportunities to collaborate on projects, as is often required for academic and workplace writing, and which Web 2.0 writing tools are designed to support.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement
Units and Format: 3 units – One and one-half hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of web-based lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Breadth Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the seven-course Arts and Literature Breadth Requirement
Offered: Fall 

CW 106 – Intermediate Composition: Argument in the Disciplines

This course prepares students to write and analyze arguments in a range of academic disciplines, from the humanities and liberal arts, to the sciences and social sciences. It emphasizes rhetorical strategies, reasoning, and conventions that characterize persuasive arguments in each field. Note that CW 106 does not include instruction in the research process.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Breadth Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the seven-course Arts and Literature Breadth Requirement
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 108 – Advanced Composition: New Media

This advanced nonfiction writing course offers students an opportunity to read and write about how contemporary social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogs) influence how we think, act, interact, and learn. Writing assignments range from short exercises to essays of various lengths and types, and are crafted to meet the rhetorical conventions of particular media forms.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor
Units and Format: 3 units – Two hours of lecture and one hour of workshop per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Offered: Not currently offered

CW 110 – Advanced Composition: Challenging Writing

This writing workshop offers students an opportunity to write essays and other nonfiction prose works that speak both personally and politically to the issues and audiences they wish to address. The readings focus on the rhetorical strategies of writers who have used the essay as a cultural form to challenge the norms of the time and place in which they live.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor
Units and Format: 4 units – Four hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Breadth Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the seven-course Arts and Literature Breadth Requirement
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 121 – Issues in Teaching English Internationally

This course offers students an opportunity to consider relevant academic and professional issues related to the teaching of English internationally. Through readings, discussions, and assigned projects, students learn basic principles of language policy and planning, linguistics, methodology, and assessment. These topics contribute to an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of effective English language teaching abroad, leading to responsible engagement in the international community of English language teachers and learners.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP or S/U
Offered: Not currently offered

CW 130 – Introduction to the Craft of Creative Writing

This course in creative writing focuses on three genres: the personal essay, the short story, and the one-act play. It emphasizes an introduction to craft: how these types of writing are generated, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work. Students explore through careful study of models by published writers, and through writing and revising their own short pieces.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor
Units and Format: 4 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Minor Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the Creative Writing Minor
Offered: Spring

CW 131 – Introduction to the Craft of Creative Nonfiction

This course in creative writing focuses on the craft of reading and writing creative nonfiction. The course provides an introduction to craft: how creative nonfiction is generated, what its elements are, and how finished pieces work. Students explore these aspects of craft through careful study of models by published writers, and through writing and revising their own short pieces.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade
Offered: Fall

CW 150AC – Researching Water in the West

This course examines the subject of water in California, drawing upon scholarly articles, essays, memoir, film, photographs, and legislation. In collaboration with the Teaching Library, CW 150AC explores techniques for conducting online archival research and using primary sources. The course considers a variety of players in the story of water rights in California, including federal and state representatives, conservationists, Native Americans, and Japanese Americans. Students craft a research project of their own design within the broad parameters of the course topic.

Prerequisites: None
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the University's American Cultures Requirement
Offered: Spring

CW 151 – Introduction to Principles of Professional Communication

This course introduces students to key principles and rhetorical strategies of writing texts in nonacademic settings. The primary focus is on learning and practicing strategies to generate written documents in a business context. Additionally, students consider issues of spoken communication. See course website.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement and junior or senior status, or consent of instructor
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 152 – Advanced Professional Communication

In this course, students build upon introductory coursework in professional communication to develop and refine their proficiency in non-academic writing. Students, in teams of three or four, propose and generate authentic workplace documents for a local organization or business. The course culminates in formal presentations. Students and the instructor engage in discussions and activities regarding workplace genres, rhetorical techniques and strategies, and context-specific discourse conventions.

Prerequisites: CW 151
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade
Offered: Spring

CW 161 – Writing in the Biological Sciences

Intended for both biology majors and non-majors, this course provides students with a rhetorical framework for understanding the conventions of writing within the biological sciences. The goal is to help students write more effectively for readers in biology, as well as for readers outside the field. Exploring ideas of audience, genre, style, and authorship, students read a variety of texts, including critical texts from rhetoric and composition that analyze writing in biology. Also explored are genres specific to biology and genres intended for wider audiences (e.g., editorials, grant application letters, explanatory articles). Students also write in a variety of these genres.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement and at least one course in a biological science
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 180 – Travel Writing

This course focuses on European travel writing in the modern period, bracketed on one end by imperial exploration and expansion, and on the other by the experience of contemporary tourism. Students write academic essays reflecting on the political, historical, and cultural meanings of travel and travel writing.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Offered: Not currently offered

CW 181 – Global London

This course focuses on the development of London: as a global city, as an amalgam of histories in the modern world as represented in its neighborhoods, museums, and monuments. It presents an understanding of how modern landscape both preserves the past and is remade.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor; simultaneous enrollment in Colwrit W181
Units and Format: 4 units – Twelve hours of lecture per week for 5 weeks
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Offered: Summer only.

CW W181 – Curating Global London

This web-based course accompanies College Writing 181. It features student development of a multimodal project based on site visits in London and archival research into the history and meaning of the sites visited in the summer abroad program.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading & Composition Requirement or consent of instructor; simultaneous enrollment in CW 181.
Units and Format: 2 units – Three hours of web-based work per week for 5 weeks
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Offered: Summer only

CW 192AC – Advanced Composition: Community-Based Ethics

Communities are challenged by issues of security, poverty, and environmental sustainability. These issues intersect with those of race, class, and culture in U.S. society. This course focuses on ethical decisions as they apply to issues of diversity, sustainable practices, economic impacts on neighborhoods and nations, and issues of security and identity. CW 192AC focuses on writing and research skills.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement
Units and Format: 3 units – Three hours of lecture per week
Grading Option: Letter grade or P/NP
Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the University's American Cultures Requirement
Offered: Not currently offered

CW 198 – Directed Group Study

Supervised seminar for group study of selected topics. Courses are facilitated by undergraduates, or designed and taught by faculty.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Credit Option: Course may be repeated for credit.
Units and Format: 1-4 units – One to four hours of directed group study per week.
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 199 – Supervised Independent Stud

Students conduct independent study projects in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Typically, CW 199 projects are expansions on topics presented in upper-division College Writing Programs that students have already completed. Student must initiate the topic and present a written proposal to the faculty member who taught the College Writing Programs course.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Credit Option: Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted.
Units and Format: 1-4 units – One to four hours of tutorial per week
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP
Offered: Fall and Spring

CW 301 – The Teaching of Second-Language Composition

Discussion of theories and practices of teaching second-language composition. Topics include perspectives on first- and second-language composition, contrastive rhetoric, sentence-level grammar, coherence and cohesion, conferencing, tutoring, responding to errors, assessment, critical reviews of journals and textbooks, research trends, and professional development. Open to students who teach or will teach composition in English to multilingual student writers or who teach writing in other languages.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Credit Option: Course may be repeated for credit
Units and Format: 2 units – Two hours of lecture/discussion per week
Grading Option: Must be taken S/U
Offered: Not currently offered

CW 375 – Introduction to Teaching College Composition

This course focuses on teaching philosophies, course designs, instructional methods, and assessment issues in relation to teaching composition in a pluralistic setting. CW 375 meets the campus policy requiring GSIs who teach Reading & Composition courses to complete a semester-long, graduate-level pedagogy course.

Prerequisites: Appointment as a GSI or consent of instructor
Credit Option: Course may be repeated for credit
Units and Format: 2 units – Two hours of lecture/discussion per week
Grading Option: Must be taken S/U
Offered: Fall

 

SUMMER

CW N2 – Writing the Bridge

This course serves students enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program and is offered during UC Summer Sessions. Students explore their educational experience as they read, and write responses to, essays, poetry, and fiction focused on issues of language, culture, and identity. In their journals and in their essays, students examine ways in which these forces interact to create a student identity.

Prerequisites: None
Units and Format: 2 units – Six hours of lecture, discussion, and workshop per week, for six weeks
Grading Option: Must be taken P/NP
Offered: Summer

Summer English Language Studies

During the summer, College Writing Programs offers extensive coursework in English as a Second Language. Bringing together faculty and students from around the world, the Summer English Language Studies program offers multiple levels of four courses:

  • English Language Studies: Intensive Practice in ESL (CW 6)
  • American Studies: American Language and Culture (CW 7)
  • English as a Second Language: Integrated Skills (CW 8)
  • English for Specific Purposes (CW 9)

See SELS website. In conjunction with the Summer English Language Studies program, College Writing Programs also offers a graduate practicum in ESL teaching, see CW 301, The Teaching of Second-Language Composition.