Today, I want you to look for examples of writing requirements in the field of your choice. The easiest way to begin this process is to search for University/College, writing, and the field of your choice. For example. if you plan to go into science, type the following into Google: University writing science.
A few more tips:
- If you are unsure about what you want to study, choose a field that you find interesting
- Double-check the URLs to make sure they come from a university website, such as a writing centre.
- While what you find will vary from discipline to discipline, look for structural requirements, introduction styles, and the thesis
Keep track of your findings in any way you feel is appropriate. When I conference with you next week about your response to Closing of the American Mind, I will ask you some questions about writing requirements in the program of your choice.
Several assignments this semester are based on a comparative essay in which you examine two novels. If you have time, start looking today. Something to think about:
- you may find newer novels more engaging, but their “newness” presents a problem for you. You won’t find many critical sources about a novel published in the last five years. On the other hand, an older novel may seem dated to you, but at least you will have a wealth of secondary sources available.