Satisfying the Writing Requirement

A student satisfies the writing requirement by taking at least one course from the list of departmental courses below, or by taking an off-campus course that assigns at least 5,000 words (or at least eighteen pages) of formal graded writing, excluding exams, short response papers, email or online discussion contributions, and in-class writing.

The writing requirement may not be satisfied with a pass/fail course.

To count an off-campus course toward the writing requirement, complete the Request to Satisfy the Writing Requirement With an Off-Campus Course (PDF) form and have it signed by the course instructor. Bring the completed form to your HSA advisor for approval.

Departmental Courses With Significant Writing

  • ANTH 111, Introduction to the Anthropology of Science
  • ANTH 115, War and Conflict
  • ANTH 134, Rationalities
  • ECON 150, The Political Economy of Higher Education
  • GEOG 179A, Imagining Citizenship Otherwise / Special Topics in Geography
  • HIST 131, The Jewish Experience in America
  • HIST 150, Technology and Medicine
  • HIST 179, Technology and U.S. Society
  • HIST 151, Science in Fiction
  • HIST 183, Science and Technology in American Culture
  • LIT 035 Fiction Writing Workshop
  • LIT 145, Third World Women Writers
  • LIT 147, Writers from Africa and the Caribbean
  • LIT 155, Post-Apartheid Narratives
  • LIT 179, Jacobean Shakespeare
  • LIT 179B, Renaissance Literature and Culture
  • LIT 179D, Special Topics in Literature: Medieval/Renaissance Romance
  • LIT 179S, Literary Translation: Theory and Praxis
  • LIT 179Q, Weird Books
  • LIT 179V, Forking Paths Fiction Workshop / Special Topics in Literature
  • PHIL 121, Ethical Theory
  • PHIL 122, Ethics: Ancient and Modern
  • PHIL 125, Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering
  • PHIL 130, Political Philosophy
  • POST 188, Political Innovation
  • RLST 113, God, Darwin, and Design
  • RLST 114, 2038 Prophecy, Apocalypse
  • RLST 147, World and Transnational Religions
  • RLST 179B, 2012: Prophecy, Apocalypse
  • RLST 183, Ghosts and the Machines
  • RLST 184, Science and Religion
  • STS 114, Social and Political Issues in Clinic
  • STS 179 Engineers, Exact Scientists, and Political Processes: Global Perspectives
  • STS 179, Technical Experts and Political Processes